A little house at the Acibadem end of Hasanpasa,
a district on the Asian side of Istanbul, contains
scores of other houses. In one corner of the
sitting room, whose balcony overlooks a green
garden sleep other traditional Turkish houses
with delicately carved woodwork, dusty bay windows,
dilapidated shutters, rugs hanging over the
balcony and lines of laundry. Each one is a
miniature copy of an original, ranging from
magnificent Bosphorus mansions to modest houses
with a handful of rooms. All of them are the
work of retired civil servant Günfer Taysi,
who died in January this year leaving behind
his collection of models and thousands of memories.
Now his wife Aksel Hanim takes care of the models
that her husband built with such loving care.
They are displayed on shelves in one corner
of the room, the few remaining of many which
he made and either sold or gave away.