Mountain Turkey. The trail of the ark
The phrase from the song "only mountains can be Better than mountains" in Turkey acquires a special sound, since about 2/3 of the territory of this country is mountainous. Mountains…

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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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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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Lykia World: the world in Turkey
Turkey has long established itself as a country of inexpensive, but quite comfortable stay. Indeed, there are a huge number of hotels, beaches, amusement parks for every taste and budget.…

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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

Turquoise fairy tale of Green canyon
There is such an interesting science — the psychology of color. It says that green symbolizes peace, blue — spirituality and care, blue — harmony, and turquoise — gives new…

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If I were Sultan…
Today, the hero of our article — the Sultan, who built the largest mosque in Istanbul, was married to a Ukrainian woman and earned the nickname Magnificent. Don't switch! Power…

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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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I want adrenaline!
To become an extreme, you do not need to study for a long time. It is easy to enter into taste — it is enough to dare at least once…

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