Witnessing The Past in The City of Seven Hills


The participants of the second Turkish Cinema Summer School organized with a view to sharing Turkey’s cinematic history with the world and presenting a deeper insight into Turkish cinema have embarked on a historical voyage in Istanbul, a city that bears the traces of numerous civilizations.

On the sixth day of the summer school program, the students left İstanbul Şehir University's Dragos campus to discover the cultural heritage in the historical peninsula, including Topkapı Palace, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia Museum.

The young movie-makers' first destination of Topkapı Palace, which had been the residence of the Ottoman sultans, and the empire's administrative and education center, and the participants had a chance to see the extraordinary collections of the place which was full of interesting stories on the spot. After seeing the presents sent from different countries to the Ottoman sultans starting from the 13th and 14th centuries, the Ottoman cuisine and the utensils used in the kitchen, the Imperial Council (Divan-ı Hümayun), Sacred Relics belonging to our Prophet Muhammad, and the portraits of the Ottoman sultans, the participants headed for the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, one of the most important landmarks of the Turkish and Islamic world.

The participants saw and examined closely the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which was also referred to as the Blue Mosque due to its inner wall decorated with İznik tiles. Their final destination was the Hagia Sophia Museum with its rich heritage and mosaics, a unique landmark in the history of art and architecture.