Monday, April 18, 2016

Tombstones – Baloukli Monastery, Constantinople

Baloukli Monastery is one of the most significant Orthodox shrines in Constantinople, due to the Life-Giving Spring located there. However, upon entering this monastic complex, the visitor comes across a very interesting fact. The outer courtyard is made up of a great number of tombstones, which have Karamanli script, or Turkish written using the Greek alphabet. Additionally they are adorned with a number of pictures. These are merely tombstones and not the actual tombs; nevertheless it is a weird feeling…walking on tombstones before entering the main church and the Life-Giving Spring.

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