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There is a very special look to the upstairs overhanging windows of many old Turkish style houses.  The windows, similar to what we call a bay window were placed that way so the women in the house could look out and see what was going on without actually being seen.   These are some we saw down a little side street during our visit to Nicosia Cyprus last year (2014)

Nicosia 2014

Nicosia 2014

Nicosia

Nicosia

2014

2014

Our Black Sea cruise that followed then took us to Turkey where we saw a splendid collection of restored houses located in Ayranci Street which is in an older part of Istanbul.

Turkish houses Istanbul

Turkish houses Istanbul

One side of Ayranci Street Istanbul

One side of Ayranci Street Istanbul

 When we docked in Kavala (Greece) a very old city that was part of the Ottoman Empire for many years the place I really wanted to visit was the home of Muhammad Ali of Egypt.
A very old house built approx. 1780 complete with an exterior full of overhanging windows which has now been turned into a museum

Kavala 2014

Kavala 2014

The house of Muhammad Ali

The house of Muhammad Ali

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_of_Egypt
http://www.imaret.org.gr/index.php/activitymenu/mohamedmuseummenu

The external and internal windows were glazed but the ones inside also had wooden beaded frames covering the openings to allow some privacy when the glazed window was opened.
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http://www.allaboutturkey.com/turkish-houses.htm

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Linked to A Lingering Look at Windows – February 2015

 

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