This sheet shows how Müller-Wiener studied the coastline of Istanbul, stretching from Tophane to Beşiktaş. Left side of the page is reserved for further notes
For his book Bildlexikon zur Topographie Istanbuls, Müller-Wiener used numerous sources to design new historical maps. The documents from his legacy show this multi-layered work of collecting and organising information, which Müller Wiener as an architect often accomplished in the form of drawings and sketches.
Zeynep Kuban is a professor of the history of architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. She had attended the lectures of Müller-Wiener. She says she switched from archaeology to the history of architecture thanks to him, and narrates her encounters with Müller-Wiener:
“He used to give his lessons in Turkish. He was lucky in our class, because that year were many students who spoke German. When he couldn’t find the proper Turkish words we helped him. I remember one example that made us smile. While describing the Ionian column, he said blonde instead of thin and tall.
One day I went to Priene with a group of students in the late 1980s, and as I was wandering around the Athena temple, I saw him drawing some blocks and he said: “Was machen Sie denn hier?” Many years after this encounter, when I visited the same place again I found a measure angle from steel that Müwie (as we called him informally) had probably dropped. The steel angle remained there between the blocks for a long time even after Müwie already had passed away. Each spring when we came to Priene with the students and I saw it, I felt he was greeting me.”
Report of the German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul Branch Vierteljahres und Jahresberichte der Abteilung Istanbul includes a report of the field trip of Mamboury and Aziz Ogan to Küçük Çekmece in 1939.
This demonstrates the cosmopolitan nature of Istanbul as well as cooperation of scholars of various nationalities who worked together. Mamboury became an influencial person in this cosmopolitan world with his skills.
Beyoğlu Galatasaray Müzesi
İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü
Nathalie Defne Gier