CENTRALLY LOCATED IN EASTERN ANATOLIA, ELAZIG PROMISES VISITORS A RICH FEAST OF HISTORY AND CULTURE.
Dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C., Harput was home to numerous tribes from the Hurrians to the Seljuks. The castle at Harput, where legend has it that milk was used to alleviate a water shortage during the construction, has ensured regional security since the time of the Urartus.
Made by sculptor Nurettin Orhan, the monument to Belek Gazi, a key figure in Harput’s history, in the courtyard of the Great Mosque is a reminder of this important ruler.
Dabakhane River to the north of Harput Castle is rich in minerals. Boasting thermal properties, its waters are highly recommended for gastrointestinal and liver ailments as well as for depression.
Turkey’s second largest dam reservoir, Keban Dam not only supplies a major portion of the country’s power needs, it has also brought the local people resort areas where they can enjoy freshwater fish.
MUSTAFA KIZILTAS (LYUM 2011 FIRST PLACE)
“I’ve been first for two years in this marathon in which athletes from around the world compete. The Lycian Way combines rich history with magnificent natural beauty and is one of the world’s finest trails for an ultramarathon. Turkey’s second ultramarathon is going to be run in Cappadocia the summer of 2012. ”
BIRMINGHAM, AT THE HEART OF THE UK WITH A POPULATION OF OVER ONE MILLION, IS A DESTINATION OF LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITY, OFFERING VISITORS AN ECLECTIC MIX OF THINGS TO DO.
The city oozes style, culture and charm and attracts over 32 million people a year with its level of vibrancy and excitement. Whether it is heritage, culture, food, shopping or sport, there’s plenty of choice to keep you entertained in Birmingham. Birmingham’s early history as a city dates back to the early 12th century when Peter de Birmingham, holder of the manor, gained the right to hold a weekly market. Once famous as a ‘city
With a history going back to the 3rd century B.C., Rabat is the capital of Morocco. A city where gleaming examples of the architecture that represents the country’s colorful history are ubiquitous. Mosques, palaces, museums and markets that have flourished since the Middle Ages make up the city’s architectural richness.
In addition to being the capital, Rabat has also assumed the role of representing Arab Maghreb values. With its educational institutions serving those who want to learn Arabic and familiarize themselves Morocco’s syncretic culture, as well as its historic museums and palaces and its lively social life, Rabat is a highly hospitable and cosmopolitan city.
Original proportions preserved
Zeugma Mosaic Museum has also taken away the title from Bardo Museum in Tunisia, as the largest mosaic museum in the world. The museum, which is spread out on three floors and a total of 30,000 m2 of indoor space, has nearly 7,075 m2 of exhibition halls. Bath mosaics and the statue of the war god Mars dating back to 1 AC are situated below ground level while mosaics found in villas on the banks of the Euphrates are on the ground floor. The twin Poseidon and Euphrates villas, mosaics, murals, fountains, pillars and walls have been installed in their original positions and dimensions, as found in the digs.
Attention to missing pieces
The room that has been built especially for the symbolic Mainad mosaic ‘Gypsy Girl’ in the first section of the second floor is striking. The Mainad mosaic, substantially destroyed by smugglers, is situated on the wall of the room designed in the form of a labyrinth. Mos
We did our own marketing
When we first acquired the company we said ‘we won’t expand in the tour operation business; we will do our own marketing and fly customers who purchase tickets.’ To keep up with this, the company had to turn 180 degrees. For instance, when you fly for a tour operator and you make the customer dissatisfied, you do not suffer because the problem goes directly to the tour operator; but that is not the case in our model. If there is a problem, you have to deal with it directly.
For this reason, the first thing we did when we took over the company was to hire an English flight crew trainer to train our cabin supervisors on weekends on ‘how to act towards the customer’. In the tour operator business, everything was free. With meals, for instance, you could select two from chicken, fish and red meat. Since I did not know much about the aviation business, I said let us calculate the cost of the tray we are serving. When calcul
We are in Paris, the most bohemian and entertaining capital of the world. The following pages offer shopping advice from Aysu, art info from Eril, the low-down on the music scene from Mehmet, an alternative Paris guide from Hazal, and all the best museums and exhibitions from Ozlem. Not to mention insider information from Deniz, a Paris local
He just couldn’t stop pestering us, could you, rain? We arrived in Berlin. We walked around for 10 minutes, and there you were, pouring down on us; we were soaked down to our socks. Now a month has passed and this time as the Globetrotters’ Club, we are in Paris.
All the underground lines are shut because of a collision between two trains; we forked out 43 Euros on a taxi but at least we have to listen to Zaz’ latest single La Fee on our way. We spoke too soon when we said, ‘Look, the weather is fantastic, there’s the sun, we’re near Gare du Nord’. It poured down once more. But it doesn’
Located 20 km. away from the town of Denizli, Pamnkkale is most interesting places in the world.
Over the millennia, the calcium-oxide rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Qal Dagi, located north of the ruins, have built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau. These deposits explain both the site’s ancient name, Hierapolis-Holy City-and its modern name, Pamukkale-Cotton Castle.
Ancient Hierapolis appears to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. Its name is derived from Hiera, the wife of King Telephos, the legendary founder of Pergamon. The city came under Roman control in 133 BC. In 17 BC, during the reign of Tiberius, it suffered a heavy earthquake that substantially destroyed the city, requiring it to be rebuilt. Preliminary excavations at Hierapolis were undertaken by a German team towards the end of the last century whereby since 1957, excavation and restoration work has taken place under the direction of an Italian group of arc
Istanbul daily tours – The earliest-known settlement in the area now known as Istanbul, was probably founded around 1000 BC. It’s name was Semistra. It was followed by a small fishing village, called Lygos. Lygos was settled on the European side. Then, around 700 BC colonists from Megara in Greece, founded the city of Chalcedon on the European shore of the Bosphorus.
Istanbul Daily Tours – Byzantium, comes after a Megarean colonist
The next name of the settlement – Byzantium, comes after a Megarean colonist, Byzas established his new colony. There is a legend that says that Byzas was the son of Poseidon and a nymph, daughter of Zeus and Io. Before he was leaving Greece, he asked the oracle at Delphi where he should establish his new colony. The answer he got was enigmatic – ‘Opposite the blind’. While he was sailing up the Bosphorus, he remembered the words of
These market places were called “charshiya”. The land on which Sofia Market Hall is located today was the charshiya of the monastery of St. John of Rila. For this reason, the terrain where today the Central Market Hall, also known as Tsentarlni Sofiyski Hali, is situated had been a trading venue for centuries to the monastery of St. John of Rila.
Visiting unique architecture, a symbol of old Sofia in Sofia Walking Tour
Beginning of the 20th century, to put it more in order, the Sofia Market Hall was built. It was built to sell dairy products, fish etc.
Still it is one of the main tourist places that we wil
After the adoption of Christianity, the Byzantine calendar “since the creation of the world” was implemented. As is known, that calendar sets the Beginning – the creation of the world, and the Ending – the Second Coming, which are the terminus post quem and the terminus ante quern of human history.
The implementation of the Byzantine Christian calendar of the Constantinople era before the introduction of the Gregorian calendar after 1700 was obligatory not only for ideological reasons, but also because of the religious cycle, without which the newly created Bulgarian church would not have been able to perform its cult- and customs- related practice. In Bulgaria, as generally in the East, the system of counting the years I “since Christmas” or “since the Incarnation of Our God Jesus Christ” is a very rare p
The bricks from the Ottoman era
The bricks from the Ottoman era are seen on the walls of the gallery set up by Evren Ertur. The general view of the gallery is seen. Evren Ertur collected the bricks of the old demolished olive oil factory owned by his grandfather and constructed the same by keeping the original design. In this building very quiet and humble, the technological story of the olive oil is told since the old centuries when the oil had been obtained by pressing the olives… While contemplating the original pieces, each of them with an antiquity value, you witness the story of the olive oil since the old centuries…
During the visit of the gallery, you witness which processes the story started in the stone trough has gone through from the days when the oil had been obtained by pressing the olives, which instruments had been used. Bags made of goat hair, millstone
Divan Yolu begins at Haghia Sophia and extends to Topkapi Gate of Theodosion Walls, was the most important road of the capital during the Byzantine period. Today it is the street used for reaching the beauties in the environs: Beyazit Mosque, Kapalı Carsi (Grand Bazaar), At Meydam (Hippodrome) and Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) Cagaloglu. At Meydam (Hippodrome) Its construction began in 203 by Septimus Severus and it was reconstructed as hippodrome during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337). It was a place for official celebrations and parades. Besides chariot races, circuses and political meetings used take place here.
Placid and solemn, spread out bet ween the mountains, more a sea than a lake, the clouds just brush its’ surface. These waters are witness to time eternal, a millennial observer of the region and its’ history… “So many tourists used to come here that the hotels couldn accommodate them all. Beds would be set up in lobbies, homes would be turned into guest houses, and some hotel staff would even invite guests to stay at their own homes” Every citizen of Van, over the age of 35, starts their recolection of the “Glorious Paste” with these words. Not so
Curious Eyes Street markets (pazar) still create a good alternative for economical shopping. People who generally do their shopping at various stores get astonished when they somehow come across with the prices in street markets located at different neigbourhoods on specific days of the week. The street markets at Ulus on Thursdays, YeSilkoy on Wednesdays, Kadikoy on Tuesdays are the most popular ones. You can buy the garments of the latest fashion at a reasonable price range. Besides you can meet your needs ranging from clothes to kitchenery, bags and decorative furniture in the street markets at Fatih on Wednesdays,
“Cihad-i Sultan Suleyman ber Iklim-i Rumili” whose poet is unknown according to the records and catalogues actually belongs to Levhi Efendi. It is about the Hungarian, Belgrade and Rhodes conquests. Mahü mentioned in one of his works that he wrote a mesnevi called “Şehname-yi Humayun” of seven thousand couplets. Ahdi confirmed the existence of Mahfi’s “Şeh-name” in his works, too. Mahremi’s “Suleymanname” consists of ten thousand couplets. It is about the period between Suleyman’s ascent to the throne and his campaign to Baghdad. The same poet wrote a second mesnevi about the campaigns and conquests of Beyazid II. “Fetihname-i Sefer-i
Vienna coffee house tradition An ancient, still popular Vienna coffee house tradition known far beyond Austria’s borders dictates that the honoured guest of the establishment should always, and automatically, be served a small glass of water on the small silver tray beside his or her melange, kleiner Brauner or grofier Schwarzer. This glass of water should not just be free of charge, of course. It should also be replaced with a fresh one the moment it has been imbibed by the guest, certainly in those coffee houses which keep to the old coffee house traditions, even if the guest has