Istanbul 16

Galata Tower

This Istanbul landmark is a medieval stone tower that was built in 1348, when the city was still called Constantinople. According to early accounts, in 1630 a man donned artificial wings and used them to glide from the tower over the waters of the Bosphorus, to land nearly six kilometers away, on the Asian side of the city. I took this striking image and added a handwritten poem to the skies behind the tower. The poem is by a Turkish poet, and the handwriting is that of a young Turk who graciously agreed to write out the poem for me.

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