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  • Living Pillars

  • By Julia Kaufman

    "I first learned about the Hagia Sophia in my tenth grade art history class, sparking a fascination with Turkey and a desire to travel to Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia was a cathedral from 537 until 1453, a mosque from then until 1931, and a museum from 1935 to…

  • Credit: Julia Kaufman
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Sweet Art

  • By Julia Kaufman

    Istanbul’s urban art scene touches every neighborhood in the city, filling the maze of winding streets with creativity and color. This piece is by Leo Lunatic, an Istanbul-based artist and designer who has garnered global attention for the city’s street art. I first learned about contemporary Turkish art…

  • Credit: Julia Kaufman
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • What a Whirl

  • Sufi whirling is a form of active meditation, or dhikr, still practiced by the Mevlevi Order in Turkey. The Melvevi Order was founded in 1312 by followers of Rumi, who was an Islamic scholar and theologian. The Whirling Dervishes reach a state of spiritual enlightenment by abandoning all personal desires and…

  • Credit: Julia Kaufman
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Turkish Memoirs

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to study in Turkey this summer. It was an incredible experience full of interesting sights, beautiful landscapes, and amazing people. 

    One of my highlights of the trip was the week we spent traveling the Turkish countryside visiting everything…

  • Credit: Alex Felix
  • Major: Political Science and Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • The Library

  • Touring the Anatolian region of Turkey will undoubtedly bring you to the Library of Celsus in the ancient city of Ephesus. This library, completed in 135 AD, commemorates the Roman Senator, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaneanus. While this library serves to honor his rule, it serves as an even greater symbol of…

  • Credit: Jamie Bergstrom
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Light of Hagia Sophia

  • The origins of the Hagia Sophia date back to the 5th century.  Emperor Justinian ordered the construction of the Orthodox Cathedral in 532 CE.  Taking only 5 years to complete, it is now viewed as one of the seven Architectural Wonders of the Middle Ages. The Hagia Sophia’s history parallels the…

  • Credit: Jamie Bergstrom
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Hand Painted

  • Avanos overlooks the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red) River.  The river provides the central Anatolian city with the famous red clay that has driven the local economy for the past thousand years.  This photograph is an example of the hand painted intricacies found on any given piece of earthware-…

  • Credit: Jamie Bergstrom
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Cave Dwelling

  • Persians, Assyrians, Greeks and Hittites all lived in Cappodocia until they were Hellenized in the era of the Greek city-states. The official “Cappadocian Kingdom” was established in 332 BC by the Romans.  Early Christians carved dwellings out of the rocks, much like this, and dug underground cities to escape persecution.

  • Credit: Jamie Bergstrom
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Surreal Sunrise

    Dear Global Education Office,

    From a hot air balloon above Cappadocia, Duke in Turkey students caught the 5am sunrise over a heartbreakingly beatuful volcanic landscape.  Ancient Anatolia and its centuries of history lit up beneath us.

    At Duke, we often fall into our stress-ridden routines, obsessed with moving faster,…

  • Credit: Elizabeth George
  • Major: English
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This is a picture I took while waiting for the ferry on the Asian side of Istanbul. It had been a long day of walking through the bazaars and a friend and I were tired, but happy.

    The Turkey program was excellent in that it provided me…

  • Credit: Daniel Wilson
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This picture was taken inside the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy in Istanbul. It was a day of three visits: The Ahrida Synagogue (15th Century) in the old Jewish quarters of the city, the Patriarchy (16th Century), and the Laleli Mosque (17th Century).

    We were greeted by Rabbi Donni…

  • Credit: Guven Guzeldere
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Part of my study abroad experience included a week long tour across the country of Turkey. For me, this tour tied up the loose ends of history. In the classroom, we learn about the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire, but the opportunity to walk the ruins…

  • Credit: Jamie Bergstrom
  • Major: Undeclared
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This is one of the 3 bridges that connect the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It is a symbolic representation of Istanbul as the bridge between Europe and Asia. I would highly encourage you to study abroad in Turkey. I will never forget my time there! 

    -Fernando Revelo…

  • Credit: Fernando Revelo La Rotta
  • Major: Cultural Anthropology and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic)
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain