Queen of the East: Antioch

Antioch on the Orontes opening her threshold either to Anatolia or Mesopotamia is considered as a city of a meeting place of many different civilizations. Being located at the easternmost end of  Mediterranean coast and on the main trade route between Asia and Egypt, she eventually became the place of a great library and a... Continue Reading →

“Stone Age Questions raised by Göbeklitepe site” by Judith Starkston

      Judith Starkston at Tilmen Höyük (tell/mound) in southeastern Turkey When Judith Starkston read my recent post on Göbeklitepe and watched its documentary on National Geographic Channel, she beautifully summed up the whole information and wrote a post on her blog.  If you would like to read more about Göbeklitepe you can look... Continue Reading →

A Gigantic Stone Age Site “Göbeklitepe”

Göbeklitepe, a unique prehistoric site (called belly hill because of a depression which looks like a belly button) is one of the most significant archaeological discovery of the 21st century. Klaus Schmidt, a German archaeologist who rediscovered it in south-eastern Turkey in 1994,  believed that it is the site of World's oldest temple. The megaliths,... Continue Reading →

Cité de Pera (Flower Arcade)

While walking through the old part of Beyoglu (Istiklal avenue), you'll come across an eclectic Ottoman building called Cité de Pera just opposite Galata Palace, today's Galatasaray Lycee. It might remind you some of the 19th century buildings in Paris and Vienna with their beautiful architectural ornaments on their facades.                    ... Continue Reading →

Hittite Spring Equinox: Purulli Festival

“Let the land prosper and thrive, and let the land be protected”…..from the myth of the Illuyanka. Spring equinox was  celebrated as a fertility ritual  in the Land of the Hatti.  The celebration of these rites were reflected on some rock reliefs that were discovered  in Ancient Anatolia. 

Ortaköy: A pretty village on the Bosphorus

...The knot of fear                                                                                                                          United in peace                                                                                                                               Every now and then                                                                                                     Juxtaposed                                                                                                                                           Just a few steps apart                                                                                                                    Looks at each other compassionately                                                                                                  On the shores of Istanbul                                                                                                                 The Ezan                                                                                                                                              The Bell                                                                                                                                                 The Hazan                                                                                                                                           Beki L. Bahar This pretty village lies on the European side of Bosphorus. When the Byzantine emperor Basil commissioned a... Continue Reading →

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