Blessed is the spot! We knew there was the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Edirne to visit while we were in Turkey, what we didn’t know was there was also another house here in Istanbul that stands in the same location as the second house Bahá’u’lláh stayed in during his four months here. So this morning we discovered the 4.4 km route a la Google Maps that we needed to walk to get to #4 Meymenet Sokak. And so we set out to find this very holy spot, and we did that with only a very little bit of help at the end. By the way, if you are interested to know about the Baha’i Faith, go here.
For us, this find was far more important and spiritual than visiting all the grand mosques in Istanbul. We spent the best part of an hour in meditation and prayer, thanked the caretaker and quietly resumed our day. Lawrie found us many deserted streets to walk. I found us a great hole-in-the wall place to eat.
Along the way home we manage to find the famous aqueduct. Wikipedia says “The Valens Aqueduct is a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey). Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, it was restored by several Ottoman Sultans, and is one of the most important landmarks of the city. The aqueduct stands in Istanbul, in the quarter of Fatih, and spans the valley between the hills occupied today by the Istanbul University and the Fatih Mosque. The surviving section is 921 meters long, about 50 meters less than the original length. The Atatürk Bulvari passes under its arches.” The terminus is the Basilica Cistern and that means water for Topkapi Palace.
We returned to the Grand Bazaar to do some serious shopping and then came back to our hotel to tea and cookies and the Saskatchewan/Canada curling game replayed on the laptop a day late. Yeah Saskatchewan!!! I think we will plan to visit Edirne and complete our pilgrimage for 2011 on Wednesday.
Maybe tomorrow we will visit some of those grand mosques, Bahá’u’lláh did after all go to pray in them!