Pigeons near the New Mosque


You see signs that say “Don’t feed the pigeons” in New York’s parks. The reason may be to keep pigeon population under control or possible diseases. You can’t see that kind of  signs in Turkey. People believe that feeding birds are “sevap” (good works religiously). Stray pigeons usually live in large squares and near historical mosques, like Taksim, New Mosque, Bayezid Mosque, Eyup Sultan Mosque. There are some people who sell bird seeds. Children love to chase them. I always think whether Turks are so religious that even they don’t care their health (!) or careless.