Turkish Delight: Turkey & Its History
I've been to Turkey six times now, first as a tourist, the other times as a guest and an English teacher. I really fell in love with the country, and some of the Turks have even adopted me as one of their own. :) This Pearltree is about my fascination with things Turkish, the culture, history, and the people. I consider Turkey my second home. Sep 10
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Rumi Ruminations - Wisdom of Rumi Now that we have explored the relationship between Rumi and Shems and come away with an insight and a conclusion, it is time to move on to T The Messages that Rumi Broadcast to the World . To do that, we return to several of the same sources we just perused and move into different sections of those books to now get a grip on the messages that Rumi felt compelled, in his ecstatic state, to bring into the world. I find it of interest that achieving the state of profound union with God through 'turning', or whirling, is still a practice within Sufism. More than that, there are traveling dance troupes that bring this religious experience to non-Sufi, non-Muslim audiences around the world as well.
‹ World Map Early History | A Haven | Ottoman Jews | Equality | Turkish Jews Today | Social Life Middle East › Other Articles: Turkish Synagogues | Ankara | Antioch | Atil | Edessa | Euphrates River | Gallipoli | Kurdistan Early History At midnight August 2, 1492, when Columbus embarked on what would become his most famous expedition to the New World, his fleet departed from the relatively unknown seaport of Palos because the shipping lanes of Cadiz and Seville were clogged with Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain by the Edict of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain .
Exterior view of the Hagia Sophia. Photo David Bjorgen .
Aya Sofya is the most beautiful building that survived to the fire, to the earthquake and the vandalism of rioters but each time it literally rose from its ashes was to be the most majestic human construction ever before seen. The church of Holy wisdom was constructed in 360 AD by the Constantine’s son. It remained until 404 AD as the “Great Church” when the fury of the mob did not let trace of the original structure.
The famous tomb of the king Maussollos of Halicarnassus known as the Mausoleum of Maussollo , which served as tomb for the satrap (a local governor) of the Persian empire and his wife (who was also his sister) was considered by the ancient Greeks one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The tomb was a rectangular building of around 120 feet (40 m) for 100 feet (30 m). The tomb was erected on a hill overlooking the city. The building was in an enclosed patio in whose center was a stone platform on which the Mausoleum sat. There, had a beautiful staircase flanked by stone lions which led to the top of the platform. Many statues of gods and goddess ornamented the outer walls.
This wonder of the ancient world is also known as the Temple of Diana. The temple was located in Ephesus an ancient Greek city around 50 Km from the actual city of Izmir in the territory that today occupies Turkey. The temple was dedicated to Artemis the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who occupied the place of Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon.
Sabiha Gökçen (1913-2001) Sabiha Gökçen http://www.dofa.org Sabiha Gökçen was born in Bursa on March 21 1913. She started elementary School during the Turkish war of Independence. She was adopted by Ataturk during his trip to Bursa in 1923 and was brought to Ankara. She completed her elementary education at the school in the garden of the Cankaya Presidential Mansion.
The unpretentious and modest common sense of the Turkish people over many generations is distilled in many proverbs that are used today. When it matches the situation, a proverb is said without any other commentary because it just says it all. Some examples are provided below with its direct translation and with its meaning: (Do not search for a calf under a bull.) When someone shows unnecessary amount of suspicion for an action.
Miniaturk Park virtual tour is a installation free program that will make you feel as if you are there. Just drag the mouse to the direction you want to look. Use the scroll wheel to zoom at the details. Press F9 to get a list of the 3D sites you downloaded (residing in the same directory). To install the listed sites as a screensaver press F5 .
An Angora goat The Angora goat ( Turkish : Ankara keçisi ) is a breed of domestic goat that is named for Ankara , Turkey , historically known as Angora . Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair . [ edit ] History
An English Angora rabbit The Angora rabbit ( Turkish : Ankara tavşanı ) is a variety of domestic rabbit bred for its long, soft wool . The Angora is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, originating in Ankara (historically known as Angora), Turkey , along with the Angora cat and Angora goat .
The Turkish Van is a longhaired breed of domestic cat with genetic origins in Turkey . The breed is commonly believed [ weasel words ] to be descended from the landrace of Van cats , mostly found near Lake Van , though one of the two original breeders has stated that none of the original casts used to found the formal breed came from the Van area. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] :114 The breed is thought [ weasel words ] to be rare, and is distinguished by the Van colour pattern, where the colour is restricted to the head and the tail, and the rest of the cat is white; [ 3 ] this is due to the expression of the piebald white spotting gene, a type of partial leucism . [ 4 ] :148 A Van may have blue or amber eyes, or be odd-eyed , having one eye of each colour.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President, stands as a towering figure of the 20th Century. Among the great leaders of history, few have achieved so much in so short period, transformed the life of a nation as decisively, and given such profound inspiration to the world at large. Emerging as a military hero at the Dardanelles in 1915, he became the charismatic leader of the Turkish national liberation struggle in 1919. He blazed across the world scene in the early 1920s as a triumphant commander who crushed the invaders of his country. Following a series of impressive victories against all odds, he led his nation to full independence. He put an end to the antiquated Ottoman dynasty whose tale had lasted more than six centuries - and created the Republic of Turkey in 1923, establishing a new government truly representative of the nation's will.
Calligraphy is a spiritual geometry produced by material implements. One day, the world famous painter Picasso saw the work of a master calligrapher and could not help crying "This is art!" because of the authentic aesthetic he witnessed: Islamic Calligraphy . There are basically six styles in Islamic Calligraphy. Also known as "Aklam-i Sitte", "Seskalem", These styles are "Sulus,Nesih, Muhakkak, Reyani, Tevki ve Rika" and are considered to be developed by the famous calligrapher Yakut in Baghdad of the 13 th Century.
The thirty years which followed the death of Sultan Ahmed I in 1617 were a period of great instability at the Ottoman court; lunatic and child sultans were puppets in the hands of the Janissaries or of the powerful Valide (Kosem Sultan). The Ottoman Empire was lucky that during that same period western Europe was torn apart by the Thirty Years' War (1618-48); the only threats came from the East where the Safavid Persians occupied Baghdad for several years. Bayram Pacha Turbesi and Sebil (1634) The weakness of the sultans had an impact also on their Grand Viziers, some of whom held the position for less than a month; however one of them, Kara Davut Pacha, avenged his many predecessors who were executed by the sultans, by personally killing Sultan Osman II in the fortress of Yedikule ; according to a traditional account the young sultan died from compression of his testicles.