Deniz Karakas: Indomitable / Badass




Today during our on-site history lecture with Deniz, one of the complexes we attempted to see was under construction and appeared to be closed to visitors. I wasn’t sure quite what was going on but Deniz was at the gate talking (in Turkish) to a man working on the construction. She pleaded (from what I could guess) for him to let us in. After a while the gate opened. Five minutes, he said. She gave a brief introduction to the complex and pointed further in to the site asking him if we could continue. He was reluctant and asked another co-worker. After some talking, we were able to go on, but warned not to touch anything. We looked on to the courtyard in the Zal Mahmut Pasa complex believed to have been built by Sinan (someone confirm the name of the complex…???) and Deniz explained to us that this may not be true based on architectural elements of the courtyard and mosque that were uncharacteristic of Sinan. We forged ahead to a tomb under renovation next to the mosque. Some of us ventured too far into the wooden scaffolding and were told to come back to the entrance. Our tour was over and we all thanked our new friend. I was amazed at Deniz’s persistence to see the complex and very thankful. Loving these on site lectures!

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