All inclusive hotels are truly a brilliant invention of mankind. But they also have one significant drawback – here the very next day you turn into a lazy seal that can only move along the route “restaurant-beach-number” and vice versa. Perhaps that is why many people think that in Turkey there is nothing interesting outside the gates of the hotel. Sure? We will try to prove that there is a completely different Turkey that you do not know.
Ancient monuments left after the parade of conquerors, postcard landscapes, amazing facts of the penetration of Europe into Asia, the Byzantine and Ottoman history of Istanbul, the ruins of Ephesus and the surreal panoramas of Pamukkale and Cappadocia are all also Turkey. And she deserves to briefly break Continue reading
To be honest, in Turkey, few climbed further than resort areas. Ignorance of the country gives rise to a lot of stereotypes – from the obvious exaggeration that the Turks are all about picking up a hot macho with a mustache, who will not miss a single bored lady, to the assertion that this is a strict Muslim country, and only tourists are allowed liberties here. There are many others …
The Turks themselves are not enthusiastic about these stereotypes, and we will try to prove to you that most of them are no more than the fiction of foolish tourists who did not even try to delve into the lifestyle, history and values of this people. So:
1. Turkey is a very conservative country. Continue reading
The mosaic museum, which will be discussed below, is actually part of the peristyle of the large imperial palace in Constantinople, which was discovered in the 30s of the last century and literally resurrected from the ashes of the completely burned out buildings of the market and the former stables of the Ottoman army, which were located on the site the once majestic imperial palace. As is often the case in Istanbul, the unique Byzantine mosaics of the 5th-6th centuries were discovered by accident during construction work in the area of Arast Bazaar in 1933. As a result of excavations, about 2 thousand square meters of priceless mosaics made with the greatest art of lime, terracotta and glass 5mm cubes, the number of which per 1 sq.m., were discovered and excavated from the ground. reaches 40 (!!!) thousand. Continue reading