Iznik’s Hagia Sophia – Where the Nicene Creed Was Created

Hagia Sophia Church - Iznik

Hagia Sophia in Iznik Was the Scene of Two Council of Nicea Meetings: From Bursa, we had an 80 km drive northeast to Iznik or Nicea (Nicaea), as it was known in ancient times. Nicea was once the capital of the Byzantine Empire and there are a number of reminders of its past glory in […]

Sultanahmet Square – The Historic Heart of Old Istanbul

Sultanahmet Meydani

Sultanahmet Square is the Old Historic Quarter of Istanbul: The Sultanahmet Square (Sultanahmet Meydani) is the old historic quarter of Istanbul and here you will find some of the most significant historic monuments of Istanbul. The district was named after Sultan Ahmet I, the builder of the Blue Mosque which sits at one end of […]

Exploring the Inside of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)

Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya is Istanbul’s Legacy of Christian and Muslim Cultures:   Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya (The Church of the Holy Wisdom), was formerly a Byzantine church which was converted into a mosque when Sultan Mehmed II conquered Istanbul in 1453. When Turkey became a republic in 1934, Hagia Sofia was turned […]

An Evening at the Evranos Restaurant Folklore Show

Evranos Restaurant, Avanos

A Folklore Show at the Evranos Restaurant in Avanos: The Central Anatolian region is rich in history and culture and within its thirteen provinces is a wealth of cultural beliefs, customs and practices.  During our stay in Avanos, we attended a folklore show at the Evranos Restaurant which gave us a small taste of the […]

Pamukkale Antique Pool – Swimming in Cleopatra’s Pool

Antique Pool - Pamukkale

Pamukkale’s Antique Pool – A Sacred Pool In Which Cleopatra Is Believed to Have Swum: Hierapoliswas popular for its thermal springs during Hellenistic times, but it was during the Roman period that the city’s reputation as a health centre boomed. The hot springs, with its mineral rich waters are said to be good for illnesses […]

Aphrodisias Theatre – A Venue for Drama and Gladiatorial Combats

Aphrodisias Theatre

The Aphrodisias Theatre Was Built for Drama and Public Meetings: The Aphrodisias Theatre is located in the south-eastern corner of the ancient city of Aphrodisias. It was built both for dramatic performances and for public meetings, but later on the theatre structure was altered to allow for gladiatorial combats and animal fights. Aphrodisias Theatre The […]

The Aphrodisias Stadium is One of the Best Preserved

Aphrodisias Stadium

The Stadium at Aphrodisias is One of the Largest and Best Preserved Ancient Stadiums: The Stadium at Aphrodisias is located to the north of the ancient city and is one of the best preserved ancient stadiums in the world. Measuring 270 metres in length, its 30 tiers of seating has capacity for 30,000 people, making […]

Tetrapylon – The Gateway to the Temple of Aphrodite

Aphrodisias Tetrapylon

Tetrapylon in Aphrodisias is the Grand Gateway to the Temple of Aphrodite: The Tetrapylon is the first ancient public building that we see on entry to the Aphrodisias archaeological site. This awe-inspiring structure is the grand gateway to the Temple of Aphrodite, where pilgrims come to worship the cult image of Aphrodite, the goddess of […]

Temple of Aphrodite – The Heart of Ancient Aphrodisias

Temple of Aphrodite

The Temple of Aphrodite Was Once The Heart of Ancient Aphrodisias: From the Tetrapylon, we made our way to the Temple of Aphrodite which is located in the northern section of the ancient city of Aphrodisias. This Temple housed the cult image of Aphrodite of Aphrodisias and the sanctuary was the most important site in […]