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Author Edda Renker Weissenbacher was born in İstanbul, Turkey in 1938 of German-speaking parents. She spent her childhood in Yeşilköy, at that time a green village, as its name suggests. It used to be a small seaside resort inhabited by many Greeks, so she learned Greek while playing with her friends and neighbors' children, and grew up among gay operetta songs, her father liked singing while he did odd jobs in his free time at home, and romantic melodies often accompanied by a guitar, played by her friends. After Turkish primary school, she studied English at the English High School for Girls in Beyoğlu, and French at Notre Dame de Sion in Harbiye.

Edda married and spent five years in Lausanne, Switzerland, where her two children were born, then returned to find that the Istanbul she loved so much was changing rapidly. So she made it her mission to discover as much as possible about its past, and to recapture the feeling of "Old İstanbul" in order to share it with her children.

Edda published her "Step-by-Step Guide to the CHORA-CHURCH (Kariye Cami)" in 1999 in English, French, German, and Turkish. Copies are now in Istanbul shops, bookstores, and private libraries as well as the following:

  1. -New York University Institute of Fine Arts (Lehman Collection),

  2. -Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

  3. -Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,

  4. -Dumbarton Oaks, Research Library, Washington, DC.,

  5. -Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archéologie, Paris,

  6. -Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris,

  7. -Bibliothèque Byzantine (Fonds Thomas Whittemore), Paris,

  8. -Bibliothèque du Saulchoir, Paris,

  9. -Université de Paris Sorbonne,

  10. -Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich,

  11. -Münchner Stadtbibliothek, Munich,

  12. -Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna,

  13. -Fachbibliothek für Kunstgeschichte, Vienna.

"İznik Tiles in İstanbul" is Edda’s second book.

Edda Renker Weissenbacher