Istanbul (Turkey). My photo of the day (although I’m not always able to post one photo every day…) is not a landscape, or a building, or an interior. Today I post the photo of a flag, the glorious flag of Turkey.
Perhaps I’m not objective – Turkey is an important part of my life – but I have always thought that the flag of Turkey is one of the most beautiful flags in the world. It dates back to mid of 1800 – during the Ottoman Empire period – and the red recalls the blood poured by Turkish people for their nation, whereas the meaning of the crescent and the star has more than one interpretation. Some studies refer to a dream made by Osman I (the first ottoman emperor), when he saw the moon and the star appearing on his breast and expanding: this was seen as a presage about the future conquest of Constantinople. Other legends say that the moon and the star were seen the night when Mehmet II entered in Constantinople in 1453. According to some others, a reflection of the moon and a star appeared in pools of blood after the battle of Kosovo in 1448. However, the crescent is an ancient symbol for Istanbul: when it was still Byzantium, its patron goddess was Diana and her symbol was a moon. When in 330 the Emperor Constantine rededicated the city to the Virgin Mary (and named it Constantinople), the star symbol was superimposed over the crescent.
Whatever is its meaning, this beautiful and glorious flag today will stand out at many doors and windows along the streets of Turkey’s cities. Today is the 29 of October, the Turkey Republic Holiday – a very important day for the Country.