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Big Mother Han ©2009 by Trici Venola. Buyuk Valide Han, Old City below the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. This working han was originally a church, with the barrel-vault ceiling going from one side to the other. The altar is in front of us. The arches are under domes, some of which are still intact under the add-ons, and that's got to be the original floor down there in the courtyard, now worn to varicolored marble stubs. The tower at the back is 6th century, and the church is early Byzantine, according to the men who work in this han. I believe them over any "experts." This church is slated for renovation, which would make a fake old church out of an authentic visual history lesson, and what about all those lives lived as tradesmen? The reason I draw this is because of the bones of the church showing through the flesh of the workplace. This drawing is 50 X 70 cm. I spent a week drawing this back in May 2009, and if you look on page 79 of Pat Yale's superb guidebook " Istanbul The Ultimate Guide," that's me.

Big Mother Han ©2009 by Trici Venola. Buyuk Valide Han, Old City below the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. This working han was originally a church, with the barrel-vault ceiling going from one side to the other. The altar is in front of us. The arches are under domes, some of which are still intact under the add-ons, and that's got to be the original floor down there in the courtyard, now worn to varicolored marble stubs. The tower at the back is 6th century, and the church is early Byzantine, according to the men who work in this han. I believe them over any "experts." This church is slated for renovation, which would make a fake old church out of an authentic visual history lesson, and what about all those lives lived as tradesmen? The reason I draw this is because of the bones of the church showing through the flesh of the workplace. This drawing is 50 X 70 cm. I spent a week drawing this back in May 2009, and if you look on page 79 of Pat Yale's superb guidebook " Istanbul The Ultimate Guide," that's me.

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