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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The Treasure Of Bodrum
At the entrance to Bodrum from the road winding along the slopes of the mountains, a fascinating panorama opens up: snow-white houses buried in the greenery, the spires of yachts…

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Cradle of civilization
Turkey is the heir of the great ancient peoples: the Amazons, the Lycians, Byzantines. States appeared and developed on its territory, great cities were built and Christianity was born. The…

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Five civilizations on one ship
On the sea trade routes along the southern coast of Turkey, sank, for various reasons, many ancient ships. The death of one of them — trade, 20 meters long, loaded…

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Hagia Sophia

The bridge over the Bosphorus

At the word “Turks” the majority of our fellow citizens not so long ago there was an image of such person in a turban and in trousers. He drinks Turkish coffee, writes from right to left in Arabic script, prays to Allah for the health of his harem and camels. This image is as colorful as it is far from the truth. Turban is out of use at the beginning of the XIX century and was replaced by a FEZ, which, in turn, in the twenties, abolished the founder of the Turkish Republic Ataturk, Arabic script gave way to the Latin alphabet with him, and polygamy — a long time ago a criminal offense. A camel can be found no more often than a bear on the streets of Moscow. Testify to this as someone who has worked in Turkey for years. Continue reading

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 in the II Millennium BC, we know quite a lot: understand their language, traditions, way of life. But when and where they came to the Anatolian plateau – remains a mystery. In the II Millennium BC on the territory of Asia Minor there was the greatest of the kingdoms — the Hittite. To match him were only Babylonia and Egypt. It, which became one of the first examples of structured class society, stood for almost six centuries and crumbled under the swords of foreigners. Fragments of his heritage are now scattered all over the world — ceremoniously and proudly Hittites, imprinted in stone and bronze, look at visitors to museums in Germany, England, France and Turkey. Continue reading

Holy place is never empty

Hagia Sophia, here to stop, the Lord Ordered the peoples and kings, Because your dome, according to the witness, As a chain suspended from heaven… Where did your Builder generous, When the mind and thought is high, Placed the apses and Exedra, Pointing them to the West and East? O. Mandelstam “to Those who see this temple, it seems exceptional. Those who hear about it – unsurpassed,” — said once Procopius of Caesarea. I was lucky: I stand at the gates of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in a crowd of fussy tourists. Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sofia) — a Grand pile of cubes and semicircles, as if taken on their shoulders the heavy burden of centuries. I confess I went to Istanbul for him. But once I arrived, everything was slow. Continue reading

The bridge over the Bosphorus
At the word "Turks" the majority of our fellow citizens not so long ago there was an image of such person in a turban and in trousers. He drinks Turkish…

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If only it were all over the world...
It all started on a frosty morning, when my thirteen-year-old daughter Violetta and I came to the intersection of the Moscow ring road with the Minsk highway, intending to hitchhike…

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In the hot homeland of Santa Claus
Resting in December in Turkey, a beach holiday for me faded into the background. No, no, the sea was just what we need - +19°C, and the sun shone tenderly.…

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Antalya miracle travel
If the rest in Antalya you associate only with the beach, then consider that you are behind... about 100 years. And, perhaps, for the whole Millennium! After all, in the…

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