CERVANTES IN ISTANBUL

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616)
Photo credit WeLoveIst
In mid- 16th century, an Italian family wanted their 11-year old son to be a Minister. However, in their home-town there was no Ministerial school. They decided to send the child to Napoli – by boat!  In that era the Turkish corsairs (pirates) dominated The Mediterranean. They captured the ship in which the child was travelling.  They brought the child to Istanbul.      
by Ayhan ÖZER           
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COFFEE & CROISSANT

“To celebrate, the Viennese bakers made for days crescent-shaped (Turkish emblem) rolls. Later, the French adopted the practice, and christened the name from crescent to famous CROISSANT! (“croix” in French means “cross”)”
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COFFEE AND TEA CUSTOMS IN TURKEY

by Ayhan ÖZER

Coffee was discovered in the 10th century in Ethiopia. It traveled first to the Arabian Peninsula and to Yemen.  In 1517, Yemen came under the Turkish rule; its Governor was Ozdemir Pasha.
He brought coffee to Istanbul, and introduced it to the Palace and then to the high society. Up until then, tea was the only popular hot drink.
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"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.