Turkey was unexpectedly enjoyable, it has everything;
ancient Roman cities such as the lost city of Troy,
beautiful Mediterranean villages next to the sea, ancient underground cities of the early
Christians, great battle places of the 1st and 2nd world wars, a beautiful landscape and
I was only planning on going straight through to
Greece, but stayed with the tour group all the way to Capadocia instead, which
I'm really glad I did. The countryside is wonderful and the people as nice as any
I've met. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate most of the time so the pictures
didn't turn out too good, especially in Istanbul.
Istanbul is home to the Blue Mosque, considered by many as the only mosque you
ever really need to see if you aren't Muslim, the Pink Mosque, and many more
mosque's. Istanbul is a real crossroads in the country, seperating Asia from
Europe not only geographically, but culturally as well.
Here are two of Istanbul's great architectural wonders. The Egyptian obelisk
was transported to this location more than 2000 years ago and is a great
example of how long Istanbul has been a major economic and cultural center in
Egyptian obelisk in front of Blue Mosque
This place was awesome, and located directly below the touristy section of
Ancient Roman cistern
The head of Medusa
Blue mosque through a fountain
Inside the Blue Mosque
A major center of conflict during World War I, Gallipoli was attacked by allied
forces trying to take control of Istanbul, but instead of a quick decisive
victory the war over this small piece of land lasted many years and cost the
lives of tens of thousands of individuals from both sides. Today, Anzac day,
April 25th, is set aside to commerate those that died there.
Graveyard in Gallipoli
The beach where the battle of Gallipoli occurred
Memorial to the battle of Gallipoli
Crossing over to Asia from Gallipoli
Night out in Calcutte
On the bus
Efes, Pagamon, and Troy
Efes and Pagamon are two major centers of existing Roman architecture, they give us
clues about the lives of the people in the Roman empire living in Turkey, and
shows just how extensive that empire was.
However, Troy is the lost city of Troy mentioned in Homer's pair of epoch books
"The Illiad and The Odyssey" and was rebuilt 9 times over several thousand
Cat at Efes
Natskgi, Julie & Saene at Pagamon
The famous wooden horse of Troy
Earliest advertisement (directions to a brothel)
Near Efes is supposed house of the Virgin Mary just after Jesus' crucifixion
on the cross.
The house that the virgin Mary lived in.
Home to early Christians between the time of Christ and the time of
adoption by the Roman's in approximately 400 AD, Capadocia is hands down one
of the most interesting places I saw in Turkey. What makes this area
unique are the strange land formations here and how they were used by the
Christians who lived here.
Large rock formations called "ferry chimnies" dot the landscape around
Capadocia, many of which were turned into ancient apartment buildings nearly
2000 years ago by those same Christians.
However, not only are there virtual apartment buildings built into the rock,
the early Christians also built massive underground cities, 50m deep, and
stretching for up to 0.5km in width and connected together by long underground
shafts. All of this elaborate construction was used to hide from Arab invaders
between 200-400 AD.
Another strange Capadocian rock formation
This is one of the Han's, fortified silk road inn.
Mosque in Capadocia
God of fertility
One of those places they make you go when you are in a tour group.
Carpets, carpets and more carpets
However, I did learn how they spin silk, super cool.
So that's how they spin silk
Awww that's nice
Another place we went, to buy more curios, eeeegaaads!!! Someone remind about
this before I go on another guided tour.
In the ruins
The tour group from left to right (Fernando, Natskgi, Saene, Julie, Meg, Rachael, Nagi)
Turkish bath, so nice!
Rising from the sarcophogus
Y M C A
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