Photographer's Note

soldiers of time...

in front of Rumeli Kavagi mosque..
they are the 5 of 7 tombstones in front of the mosque...
Cem knows some about the meanings of different shapes, scripts etc of these old Ottoman he helped us with the notes..thanks :)

Tombstones always have been a life summary in many cultures. That's similar for Turks.

In Ottoman age, tombstones show us sex, occupation, social profile and even age of the late. Shapes of the heads come from traditional wearings of people. For example the first big 'sarik', probably says the late is a religional person. The third is 'fes' and probably tells us the late is government officer. If the tombstone is small and short, the late is a child.

Also, tombstones have valuable classic poems which tell the late's life story.

In old Turkish alphabet, similar to Qaballah, every letter has a numerical value. Using this system, the 'Ebced', the poems point to dead date.

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