A Turkish zarf is a holder, usually of ornamental metal, for a coffee cup without a handle. Coffee was served in small cups without handles, which were placed in holders known as zarf to protect the cup and also the fingers of the drinker from the hot fluid in Ottoman times. Cups were typically made of porcelain. However since it was the holder that was more visible, it was typically more heavily ornamented.
A Russian podstakannik is a tea glass holder, most commonly made of metal with a handle. It is a traditional way of serving and drinking tea in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Ziraat Bank Building at Ankara, originally uploaded by voyageAnatolia.The building was designed by the Istanbulite Levantine Italian architect Giulio Mongeri in 1929, who also designed many other important buildings in Istanbul and Ankara; such as St. Antoine's Church (1906-12), Maçka Palas in Nişantaşı and the Neo-Byzantine style Karaköy Palas bank building in Karaköy (Galata), Istanbul; Ulus branch of the Ottoman Bank (1926), the Inhisarlar (Monopolies) Headquarters (1928), first headquarters of Türkiye İş Bankası (1929) in Ankara.
Stage, originally uploaded by voyageAnatolia.Dress rehearsal of a new operetta before the world premiere in Ankara, "Gönüllü Çekmeceler" (Volunteer drawers - metaphorically volunteer sufferings) on theme of life, marriage, birth, family, by BDT dance group, Birim Dans Topluluğu.