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Exploring Istanbul: The Kuzguncuk Village with Dr. Luca Orlandi

Exploring Istanbul: The Kuzguncuk Village with Dr. Luca Orlandi


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Our 60-minute seminar will examine Kuzguncuk, a small district in the Bosphorus Strait, as an example of a multiethnic and multi-confessional village established in Byzantine times and developed during the Ottoman era (1453-1923). As part of the Great Municipality of Istanbul, the small district, for more than five centuries, was an interesting place of tolerance among its residents, in which minorities contributed at each level to the daily life and survival of the village. 

In this framework, the village of Kuzguncuk, based on the typical Ottoman mahalla system, in which each community, including Turkish Muslims, Jewish, Armenian, and Rum (Orthodox) Christians shared their life together for centuries, can be ascribed as a good example of an Ottoman multicultural environment. 

Led by an expert on Ottoman Architecture and Orient travelogues, Luca Orlandi, this interactive seminar will discuss the importance of such a multicultural and multi-confessional area of Istanbul, used as a case study to explain the richness and unicity of the Ottoman civilization. Tailored to give accurate details and to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased and deep knowledge of one of the most suggestive and characteristic areas along the Bosphorus.

Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy) and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. He lives in Istanbul and works as Assistant Professor Dr. in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University (OZU). He teaches courses such as: History of Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and Architectural Design Studio. He often participates in lectures, seminars, and workshops in other Turkish universities and abroad, mainly in Italy. He is an active member of ICOMOS Italy and his fields of interest cover several topics like Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Contemporary Turkish Architecture, as well as Genoese Heritage in the Orient and Travelogue and Narratives about the Levant.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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