Jehan Barbur s İskenderun

We talked wih Musicıian Jehan Barbur about İskenderun, where she spent her childhood and youth.

What comes to your mind at the mention of İskenderun?

The first thing that comes to my mind is a fairy tale childhood. Why fairy tale? Because I appreciate better today that the best memories a child can have are of places where there is nature, trees, legends of the sea and a grandfather. And İskenderun is a small but very vibrant port city that has all of that plus a strong spiritual side.

What has İskenderun added to your life and work?

İskenderun is a multicultural city whose different religions, languages and ways of life have enriched its soul. It widened my horizons and enabled me to look at life from different angles. Calm, quiet and simplicity… Those are the three most important things I’ve learned in life, and I owe them to the city.

What would you recommend to people going to İskenderun?

İskenderun is a place where if you follow the coastal strip for fifteen minutes you come to Arsuz, the world’s most beautiful seaside town. And if you go fifteen minutes in the other direction up into the mountains you reach Güzelyayla, like a highland lost in a fairy tale. In other words, two places with completely different ways of life. And yet both are the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life. You will also find Parisian-style cafes along the shore at Balıkhane.