If walls could talk, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia would have an abundance of stories to tell. Once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, this world marvel has stood the test of time and war, surviving centuries of conquest by some of history’s greatest empires. Kelly Wall takes us through the history of each layer of this great jewel of human desire.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey.
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.
The following authors tell captivating tales of Istanbul and Turkey that provide unique and unparalleled insight into this part of the world.
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 story takes place in 1632 in Istanbul, where Hezarfen will attempt the first flight of the human being.
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.
11.000 years old! – that’s 6 more than the Egyptian pyramids.
Anatolia is the land that the sun rises on. It is time for the sun to rise again.
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…
Atilla The Hun, the destroyer of civilizations, who named himself the Scourge of God, took one look at them and…
Aka. Nine Lives
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.
And the best-selling poet in the US?
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.
n travel or in our daily lives we pass by others, forgetting that all the people we interact with are just like us…