They made a statue to honor a stray cat that used to sit in this position and watch the passers by


In Istanbul, Turkey. They made a statue to honor a stray cat that used to sit in this position and watch the passers by. I lived there for a few months and they really love their cats (who are everywhere).



Cats in the neighbourhood came to pay their respects to Istanbul’s most famous feline.



One month after its installation the sculpture went missing. A comment from Turkey MP Tuncay Özkan: “They stole the Tombili statue. They are enemies of everything beautiful. All they know is hate, tears and war”. The statue was safely returned a short time later.

It all happened in 2016. The the cat’s name Tombili and the statue was made by the artist Seval Şahin.


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