Atilla The Hun, the destroyer of civilizations, who named himself the Scourge of God, took one look at them and turned around. The Avars battled the walls the uselessly with their catapults until they ran out of rocks. The Turks tried to tunnel under them but found the foundations too solid. The Arabs tried to starve the city into submission but ran out of food themselves and had to resort to cannabalism. It took the guns of the modern world to finally bring them down. In 1453, the Turks brought their super weapon: a monster cannon that can fire a 15 hundred pound stone over a mile.
This post is for people that happen to have a day-long layover in Istanbul or are trying to see as much as possible in just a couple fleeting 24-hours periods.
A wonderful birdseye view of Istanbul and especially the areas around the Bosphorus that shows unique aspects of this amazing city, not to be missed!
The following authors tell captivating tales of Istanbul and Turkey that provide unique and unparalleled insight into this part of the world.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey.
A list of the least-spoken facts about Turkey and Istanbul that you should know before coming here. I believe visiting this country aware of the insider’s tips that I’ve shared below can only help you be more prepared and insightful with respect to Turkey.
If walls could talk, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia would have an abundance of stories to tell. Once a church, then a…
The other day somebody asked me about the initial divide and the principle differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. I began to answer, only to realize that I couldn’t answer.
Istanbul (as many other parts of Turkey) is currently Turkish land but it is not necessarily full of Turks. And then again, who are Turks? That’s a nice question to ask…
And the best-selling poet in the US?
Anatolia is the land that the sun rises on. It is time for the sun to rise again.
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A special video of traveling through Turkey and discovering the most beautiful parts of this wonderful country. And ending the trip in magical Cappadocia.
11.000 years old! – that’s 6 more than the Egyptian pyramids.
If you’ve already been here then you will understand what Fatih Sultan Mehmet II was saying. If you haven’t, then I hope that this convinces you to come visit. Istanbul, more than most places in the world, is guaranteed to leave an imprint on your heart.
The Ottoman’s ruled the region for the next 400 + years until November 1, 1922 when the Grand National Assembly (led by Ataturk) passed a law deposing Mehmed VI – the last of the Ottoman Sultans – and voiding all laws of his government.