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1.ARCHITECTURE 2.CUISINE 3.CARPETS 4.ACTIVITY SPORTS 5.FLORA AND FAUNA 6. RELIGION 7.HOT AIR BALLOONING 8.TURKISH RIVIERA 9. GÖBEKLITEPE 10. CALLIGRAPHY & EBRU....

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia

After a late night, during which a large amount of beers had been consumed, the early morning call at 4:30 am was not appreciated, but was necessary. Our driver met us in the reception lounge at 5 am and droves us to the “launch pad” where the crew were busily unfurling the multi-coloured ballon.....

Walking with History, Ephesus!

Sitting between the slopes of Mount Pion and Bülbül Daği, the once majestic city was the capital of the Roman province of Asia. Once an important trading center and the sanctuary of Artemis, it was an important pilgrimage site. Artemis was the ancient Anatolian Goddess of Fertility, aka, Cybele, since prehistoric times.....

Armenian Ruins in Eastern Turkey

Kars first came to prominence in the 10thC when it was the capital of the Armenian Bagratid Dynasty. It remained an important garrison town, even when the Armenians moved the capital to nearby Ani. During the occupation of the city by Russians many ....

Christianity In The Black Sea Region

The city and region of Trabzon is home to a number of Christian Churches and Monasteries. The Hagia Sophia of Trabzon was built around the year 1250 as a Greek Orthodox Patriachal Church under Emperor Manuel, ruler of the Trapezounta Empire of Pontus. The church was named Hagia Sophia, the Church of The Holy Wisdom....

Food Culture 1

The diverse food culture in Turkey is astounding to say the least. When in İnegol you should try the Besler Inegöl Kofte, the restaurant, which sits beside the Kapali Çarşişi, where it all began when a Bulgarian immigrant from Filibe, Mustafa Efendi, 1842-1920, mixed beef and veal together with ....

Ottoman Villages

Due to urban expansion many towns and villages have undergone rapid development, which has resulted in the wholesale destruction of the traditional way of life. Thankfully someone recognised the loss of this important part of Turkish heritage and across the country....

Maşallah

Turks defer male circumcision until the boy has reached the age of six or seven, thus turning it from a birth ritual into a coming-of-age rite. On the day of the event, the boys dress in white or blue suits, a cape trimmed with white fur, complete with a matching flat topped hat, with a sash across his chest proclaiming the word, “Maşallah”,....

Cappadocia Churches

Whilst some of the finest frescoes are to found in the churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum, there are a large number of rarely visited churches. These astonishing medieval churches hewn into the soft tufa imitate the shape of the conventional masonary churches, with domes and columns....

Gulhane Park

Nestled in the heart of the Old City is Gülhane Park which is rarely visited by visitors. A pleasant stroll, between the walls of Topkapi Palace and the rear of Hagia Sophia, along the cobbled street, Söğütçeşme Sokağı, filled with lovingly restored pastel coloured, Ottoman houses brings the visitor to the park. ....

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