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Armenian tombstones found in Taksim’s Gezi Park, Istanbul (2013)

The tombstones are currently at the Istanbul Archeological Museum, the authorities of which are studying the stones. “The inscriptions on one of the tombstones are worn and illegible. The other two are without inscriptions. On five of the tombstones it is possible to read only the dates,” a museum spokesperson informed. The museum later reported that thirteen of the tombstones were found to be made of marble. The tombstones found date to the 17th to 19th centuries. Gezi Park [and the surrounding hotels] was an Armenian cemetery (Pangaltı) before it was a park, the largest non-Muslim cemetery in Istanbul at its time. The Pangaltı Armenian cemetery was demolished in the 1930s and in 1939 its marble tombstones were sold and used to build the Gezi Park’s fountains and stairs.

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9th November 2015. Istanbul Archeological Museums. Istanbul, Turkey.

This is one third of the buildings making up the museum. This stunning building was built in the 15th century. It is beautifully tiled itself and also has on display examples of Turkish tiles and ceramics. The geographic designs of tiles, ceilings and stained glass windows matched harmoniously. Wonderful.

Jock even found himself part of one of the exhibits, as can be seen above.