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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Aug 25, 2013, 11:05:33 PM
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My Beautiful City by Canankk My Beautiful City by Canankk
Maiden's Tower - Istanbul
There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, a sultan had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The sultan, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.
On the 18th birthday of the princess, the sultan brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden's Tower.

From Wikipedia

If you look large size of my photo, you can see a couple getting married (next to the door of Maiden's Tower), just the opposite of that sad story :)

Dedicated to my dear friend Maddy :iconsaperlipop: :heart:
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent night shot...beautiful symmetry! And the bride and! :heart:
Canankk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I am glad that you like it, thank you very much :iconredheart-plz:
Rikitza Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Photographer
Nice pic and a tremendous story :hug:
Canankk Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you very much Riki :aww: Heart Emote by Gasara
Rikitza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   Photographer
my pleasure, Janan
mitoXD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   General Artist
That's a very nice Istanbul remembrance to me!  <3
Canankk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Have you ever been here? :)
mitoXD Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   General Artist
Yes, I visited Istanbul twice long ago: with my class, and to see my then-gf (who was from Istanbul). So I remember the skyline.  ^^

Despite, at least for tourists (like me) the bustling metropole is really a magic place, such a melting pot of cultures and traditions and hence must be very inspirational for artists like you~  On the other side, I imagine it to be quite challenging for the citizen's daily life. Istanbul is like a moody diva.  ; )

However, I still feel romantic for it; no, melancholic fits better ...
Just like in Livaneli's song İstanbul'u dinliyorum, gözleri kapalı ...  Or when reading Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book.
mitoXD Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   General Artist
> ... and hence must be very inspirational for artists like you~

ah, of course I meant for any writing, painting, photoshooting ... artist!!
In short, I just love this place of history, and I want to visit it several times more~
Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful and magical!! Wonderful shot! :heart:
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