The migration of the people (who are now the inhabitants of this land with different cultures and religions) from Spain to the lands of Ottoman in 15 th c. and the intercultural effects of this migration constitute the basis of this project. The rigid religious dogmas and economical concerns dominant in Europe at that period forced Moslems and Jews living in Spain to abandon the Iberian Peninsula by sea. The vessels of the Ottoman Maritime and the ships of the Western Military Society brought the immigrants who had abandoned their homes of 700 years, to Izmir and Thessalonica pursuant to the order of the II. Beyazıd, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire during that period. Starting from that time, the lands of Ottoman would be the new home of the seferads. The rigid religious dogmas and economical concerns dominant in Europe at that period forced Moslems and Jews living in Spain to abandon the Iberian Peninsula by sea. The vessels of the Ottoman Maritime and the ships of the Western Military Society brought the immigrants who had abandoned their homes of 700 years, to Izmir and Thessalonica pursuant to the order of the II. Beyazıd, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire during that period. Starting from that time, the lands of Ottoman would be the new home of the seferads.

A course plan to be realized in the Mediterranean was prepared with the cooperation of the East and the West. Two kinds of Ottoman boats, which have the characteristics of that period, are to be determined and built. The messages, which are to be delivered throughout the journey, will be accompanied by music, which is the soundest existing element of the common culture. Open-air concerts are to be organized by the participation of the groups and singers who perform ethnic music at three points, namely Granada , Thessalonica and Izmir . Various cultural activities are also to be organized at the other ports that are the stopping points of Uluburun during the journey.

The course of Seferad: Istanbul – Midilli – Rhodes – Crete- Mora – Otranto -Malta – Trablus- Tunisia – Algeria -Minorca and Majorca -Toulon- Spain – Thessalonica – Istanbul

The Story of Seferads…

Seferad was recorded as a white page in the history of humanity when the Ottomans embraced people coming from different religions and cultures, and constituted a positive image in the history of Turkey . It is also an example that shows how the inter-religion problems were solved centuries ago.

Our Impressions of the Mediterranean, the 6 th Continent…

360° Research Group intends to introduce the bright face of the Ottomans, namely the Turkish people to the world, to tell the suffering of innocent people caused by discrimination of race, religion, language that has been going on for ages, and to present the sections from the long history of Mediterranean, which is named as the 6 th continent by the journey of Uluburun II.

The journey by Ottoman Boats…

The boat types were selected according to the lightness, velocity and the rigging facility. The selected boats were used for communication purposes in the Ottoman Maritime for their technical characteristics and named as ‘ the communication boat’.

Supportive Organizations and Persons

• The Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey
• Quincentennial Museum
• Ege University , Faculty of Science, Dpt of Astronomy and Space Sciences
• Ministry of Culture and Tourism
• Promotion Foundation of Turkey
• Experts