Amazing thing in Istanbul is that there are so many stray cats. For cat's lovers, like me, it was wonderful to see there so many cats and in good condition. I could say that Istanbul is a cat's capital:). Why? Rigoletto told us a very cruel story. I read also another explanation.
Islamic lore tells of a cat thwarting a poisonous snake that had approached the Prophet Muhammad. In another tale, the prophet found his cat sleeping on the edge of his vest. Instead of shifting the cat, the prophet cut off the portion of the vest that was free and wore it without disturbing the pet.
Looking through history books about Islam, many mention the prophet’s love of felines and while variations on the foregoing stories exist, the overarching affection for cats has been consistent.
A popular saying notes “If you kill a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God.” As a result, wandering the streets of Istanbul you will see many small containers by the sides of buildings, and discreet food rations doled out by its inhabitants. While the cats are not adopted formally, they are taken care of by no one and everyone, a giant community network of cat caring.
I hope you will like this scene from Eyup Mosque.
Memories of a wonderful day in old Istanbul in a company of Deniz and Basak.
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dta (80238) 2013-11-09 0:03
Hello Malgorzata ,
I like this kind of scene , a mix of architecture and daily life . So , we can see here a beautiful gate , and the interesting attitude of teh woman giving food to the cat .
Well done .
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-09 0:59
una splendida cattura sia per la bella scenetta che per la composizione perfetta che contrappone alla figura umana un angolo di città molto ben disegnato e caratteristico.
Eccellente anche l'uso del colore e noitevole la nitidezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
papagolf21 (105342) 2013-11-09 2:06
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Une bien belle image rappelant certains tableaux.
Le cadrage est parfait. L'ambiance est parfaitement restituée.
Très bonne réalisation.
ktanska (28397) 2013-11-09 2:25
Posture of the cat reveals that you had perfect timing on this one! There's plenty of other interesting details there too. Like that historic looking photo and old Arabic text above the door. It was also fun to note that cat shirt in the background.
carlo62 (52110) 2013-11-09 2:50
una bella immagine, nella semplicità del gesto c'è molto amore e il gatto sembra felice di ricevere un buon pasto.
Bella scenografia, un gesto universale ambientato in un luogo riconoscibile.
snunney (103285) 2013-11-09 2:55
A fine capture of this charming and interesting scene. The lady giving the cat a titbit outside the mosque. Technical presentation is excellent, there is much to be observed here and all in great detail.
Sergiom (84489) 2013-11-09 5:16
Un bien beau moment. Le chat semble bien content de profiter des bontés de la dame. J'aime sa pose, la tête appuyée sur le mur comme pour garder son équilibre. Le cadrage est excellent.
holmertz (56173) 2013-11-09 6:21
I would call this your best photo yet from Turkey, at least the one that appeals the most to me. I happen to like cats too, and this one you captured in a perfect place and at a perfect time as the lady is feeding it. There is a very nice relationship between them and the setting, with the beautiful entrance to the mosque, is perfect. The old sepia tinted photo in the background is a nice bonus.
saxo042 (37910) 2013-11-09 6:25
A very pleasant picture where you have included some very impressive architecture with a very "daily life" view of a woman and a cat, and even a little girl with an eye-catching colour.
marabu61 (11189) 2013-11-09 7:16
I haven't been very active here on TE lately.
This a very nice and intimate little scene of daily life in Istanbul that provokes a little smile indeed. It is good to see that the felines of that great city are proper cared off by the local people.
have a great weekend
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-09 8:39
stray cats of istanbul... so many of them, and some are really lucky to be treated well by the locals around, while some suffer harsh violence, as we see so many torment stories on the newspapers everyday. yes, quite depressing for all the people who have a bit of love and affection in their hearts.
well, i knew the stories related to the prophet. while prophet's love for cats makes more sense about the affection of turkish people to them, i still find my story more appealing, because it is a recorded historical fact. cutting out the vest without waking up the cat doesn't sound very real to me, but it has a charm in it compared to the disasterous story i told you.
i wouldn't notice the cat on the girl's clothing, kari has a good eye :)
ps: i would go to barcelona or sevilla as soon as possible, if i were you. no need to wait for the cheapest flight, imho :P
mesutilgim (96304) 2013-11-09 23:59
Hello dear Malgo,
Each of your entries from İstanbul has a very unique message. Like this one here.
Cats are really part of the life in İstanbul and specially in older parts they are under full protection!
TFS and have a nice weekend
dkmurphys (62053) 2013-11-10 3:13
Impressive entrance and a nice moment of everyday moment captured in front of it. Interesting note too. Well done, have a good day.
Silvio1953 (148547) 2013-11-10 10:17
Ciao Malgorzata, nice corner of Istanbul, lovely composition with beautiful cat, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-10 12:45
Beautiful composition from our daily life. At the back I like the matching color of the bin and the girls trousers :)
mkamionka (39179) 2013-11-11 7:50
bardzo ciekawa scenka uliczna, posiada wszystko czego potrzebuje udane zdjecie: element akcji i wspaniale tlo: ta brama wyglada bardzo ciekawie w szczegolnosci podobaja mi sie napisy dekoracyjne w arabskim alfabecie ktore oczywiscie nie mam pojecia co znacza...
rychem (39465) 2013-11-11 8:35
Dziewczyny z Twojego ostatniego zdjęcia sa sympatyczne, ale ta scenka jest super, doskonale zaobserwowana i bardzo wymowna
pierrefonds (68909) 2013-11-12 5:13
The presence of the woman and of the cat is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the arch. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
macjake (70519) 2013-11-13 4:34
yes, cats and more stray cats...
i've heard this is also true in Greece?
Its also true about dogs in Chile, especially in Valpraisio, where the locals don't 'own' the dogs, but everyone in the community looks after them - such as these cats in Istanbul i think.
Interesting architectural piece, and its funny how the security camera is watching too :)
thanks for the Birthday Wishes :)