Bursa – Our Pilgrimage for Iskender

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May 27, 2013 by brasiersarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoes it sound ridiculous to go to a city just for a plate of food? *Sarah interjects – NO!* Well we did, and we dont regret it one bit. Iskander kebab consists of one layer of Ripped up Fluffy Turkish bread, topped with a layer of tender thinly sliced lamb meat, seasoned with spices and a light tomato sauce and heavy lashing of yogurt and the most impressive part?… Pan fried butter drizzled over the whole thing. There are many variations of the dish as always, but we went to the source, the place Iskender was born. Iskander Efendi was a simple man that wanted to please the taste buds of the Turkish people in the late 19th century. And holy shit did he know what to do, I mean anything with butter is great but he took it to a whole new level. Iskender Kebab – a great idea!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe mosque consists of 24 domes and is a very minimalist place of worship. Ordered by Sultan Bayezid 1 after a dream where Allah told him to build 24 mosques throughout Bursa. After running it by the guys at the treasury and checking their funds he was told maybe it was a misinterpretation and Allah said that he wanted 24 domes in a mosque. I’m glad the that they decided to build this because it is one of the most beautiful Mosques I have been to, a very understated place that requires no praise but only faith. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASemih our Couch Surfing host showed us around the sights and sounds of Bursa better than any tour guide could. He really cared about the history of his home town and did not spare any details. We punctuated our sight seeing with çay breaks all throughout the old city. This is one of the many perks of Couch Surfing. Pictured above is Arabic writing he told us was more an art work than a script. This picture symbolises a goat if you turn it upside down, instead of turning your script into art you turn your art into a script. Inconspicuously placed on the side of the Mihrab (the alter of the Mosque) was a representation on the solar system. The was sun in middle implying the rotation of the planets around it. In 1610 Galileo challenged the church’s Geocentric model (the paradigm that the planets revolved around the earth) that most of the world was said to believe in. It’s astounding to think that in 1399 there was a Heliocentrism (planets revolving around the sun) model idly placed on the Mihrab, 200 years before our history books have dated the theory from Galileo. Science and religion going hand in hand 600 years ago but we are having a problems with it now?? Am I the only one that sees a problem here?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how the cats survive in Turkey, with no masters to serve and food readily distributed by the people it’s a cat heaven. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One thought on “Bursa – Our Pilgrimage for Iskender

  1. Tom Redston says:

    How about a close-up of the actual dish? Perhaps that fresh lamb is actually fresh cat. The next adventure should be travelling far for a unique drink.

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