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Look through any window………

There is a very special look to the upstairs overhanging windows of many old Turkish style houses.  The windows, similar to what we call a bay window were placed that way so the women in the house could look out and see what was going on without actually being seen.   These are some we saw down a little side street during our visit to Nicosia Cyprus last year (2014)

Nicosia 2014
Nicosia 2014
Nicosia
Nicosia
2014
2014

Our Black Sea cruise that followed then took us to Turkey where we saw a splendid collection of restored houses located in Ayranci Street which is in an older part of Istanbul.

Turkish houses Istanbul
Turkish houses Istanbul
One side of Ayranci Street Istanbul
One side of Ayranci Street Istanbul

 When we docked in Kavala (Greece) a very old city that was part of the Ottoman Empire for many years the place I really wanted to visit was the home of Muhammad Ali of Egypt.
A very old house built approx. 1780 complete with an exterior full of overhanging windows which has now been turned into a museum

Kavala 2014
Kavala 2014
The house of Muhammad Ali
The house of Muhammad Ali

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_of_Egypt
http://www.imaret.org.gr/index.php/activitymenu/mohamedmuseummenu

The external and internal windows were glazed but the ones inside also had wooden beaded frames covering the openings to allow some privacy when the glazed window was opened.
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http://www.allaboutturkey.com/turkish-houses.htm

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Linked to A Lingering Look at Windows – February 2015

 

28 thoughts on “Look through any window………”

    1. Lovely to look at in person Gigi – they take you back to previous times. I stood and looked and wondered about what was going on in the street when the houses were originally built

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    1. They really are eye catching (almost memorising) Dianne. I kept stopping and gawking – The Golfer kept reminding me it was rude to stare lol As I mentioned previously I kept wondering about all the things that might have gone on in the street years before I arrived there.

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    1. Built like that over many centuries for a purpose – traditional in that all the work places were on the ground floor with the living and sleeping rooms in the second story. The women were shielded from the community so the windows served a purpose by letting them see the neighbourhood without themselves being seen.

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    1. They really are interesting aren’t they EC – to see streets of them very similar gave me a sense of community. Much of the old houses and streets in Istanbul are being restored so a lot of the front façades were covered as the renovations were taking place with the frontages to be revealed later

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  1. I saw many old streets like that in Germany also. In fact one of the housing areas we lived in near Wiesbaden had bay windows in the living rooms of all the buildings. Mine was very convenient to watch my young daughters at the playground.

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  2. Stunning windows! I also use the Chateau theme. You might pop over to see what mine looks like. I have seen so many varieties of it. It’s really fun how different it can loo on different blogs.

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  3. I love bay windows and it was part of our long range plan to put one in our home here. That won’t happen now. I had no idea that they kept you from being seen when you look out them. The bay windows around here are more rounded.

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  4. This is so interesting! We didn’t get to see any houses that looked like that during our cruise. Turkey is a big country and there’s so much to see. It’s fun to see what we missed by looking at your posts.

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