Tales of cotton fortress
Century after century the nature conjured and by means of the mineral salts and lime contained in the sources flowing down from mountains created this miracle – Lacy cascades. Pamukkale,…

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Secrets of Turkish all inclusive
For those who go to Turkey, all inclusive has long been the norm. However, every year in local hotels there are new varieties of this food system, beckoning tourists consoles…

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How I became a goddess
It is believed that SPA is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “Sanus Per Aquam”, which translates as “health through water”. The health that I was lucky enough to get…

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Not absolute monarchy of the Hittites
"If the troops were defeated by the enemy, they perform the rite: dissect a man, a goat, a puppy and a pig..." About the Hittites and their Kingdom, which existed…

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Constantinople

Revived myth

The trip to Troy is remarkable in that it will inevitably remind of itself in all the most famous museums of the world. In the “Prado” in Madrid, where the “Court of Paris” Rubens, in the ancient courtyard of the Vatican, which holds a statue of Laocoon, in the “Tretyakov gallery”, where hangs a picture Losenko “Farewell to Hector Andromache” and in many, many other places. The ancient authors did not doubt that the ten-year siege of Troy is a genuine event. European scientists of the XVIII-XIX centuries were convinced of the opposite. Homer described the story of the death of Troy was perceived as a brilliant fiction. It was believed that this legendary author has collected together the passages of myths, handed down for centuries in oral form and raised them to the level of the artwork. Having a really strong imagination German Amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), believed in the reality of the existence of Troy and made the search for the ruins of this city the meaning of his life. After the death of Schliemann’s excavations were continued by his assistant William Dorpfeld. Continue reading

Turkey: With a ship in the harem

Under the lingering farewell whistle our liner “South Palmyra” company “Ukrferry” went on a journey, slowly picking up speed. During the first cursory inspection, several cafes and restaurants, a children’s room and the seventh deck with sun loungers were found, where sun lovers began to settle. What I first took for a cinema room with a large screen and several rows of comfortable chairs in front of him, it was just cheap seats for passengers Somehow quietly passed the day, and in the evening there was a captain’s Banquet, which was all, as in the movie “about the beautiful life”: and tables with delicious food, and live music in the music room, and a duet of ballroom dance… Continue reading

Child of the dungeon

In the heart of the bustling Istanbul tourist area Sultanahmet there is one hidden and completely unique place, which few people know. Surrounded by Hagia Sophia on one side and the Blue mosque on the other is a small and completely inconspicuous one-storey stone building with the inscription “Yerebatan Sarnici”. This is us down at the oozing wet from the ceiling dripping water stairs, in the dungeon of the Byzantine Cistern — a giant water reservoirs of the ancient metropolis. 52 steps, leading down, separate us from a different reality… Basilica-cistern Yerebatan (Erebatan) — something utterly phantasmagoric. It impresses with its size and scope. However, in complete darkness, you would not be able to consider absolutely nothing — only heard strange frightening noises and echoing splashes of drops in the pitch darkness. Continue reading

Turkish spring
Turkey at the beginning of the season caresses the eye and does not burn the body, rarely is it as comfortable as in late April and may. I come here…

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Piggy Bank of ancient values
The ancient inhabitants of Asia Minor were surprisingly productive and economic people: for several millennia they have created and accumulated so much cultural wealth that descendants need at least twice…

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Child of the dungeon
In the heart of the bustling Istanbul tourist area Sultanahmet there is one hidden and completely unique place, which few people know. Surrounded by Hagia Sophia on one side and…

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Sketches from Istanbul
This city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia became the cultural capital of Europe 2010. So now every self-respecting traveler would have to go to Istanbul the Heart of…

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