Sunday, January 10, 2010

Turkey Sightseeing

Have you ever been to Turkey??
Yap, a Mediterranean country located in both Asia and Europe seperated by Sea of Marmara and the Turkish Strait 
If your answer is no, so is mine.. 
But I have some interesting pictures given from my aunt who traveled to Turkey months ago.
Since I've got permission from the owner, I think it's legal to publish other's photos on my blog.

Sky of Antalya
See the blue sky?? What do you think? I think it's really gorgeous!

Beyaz-Cennet, Pamukkale
It's not an ice mountain, it's a mountain of chalk

Beyaz-Cennet, Pamukkale
My Aunt posed with ducks behind her

Goreme - Cappadocia
That's one of earlier churches just like said in the Holy Bible.
There are hundreds of churches like this one in Cappadocia.
I've never imagined that the earlier churches built in a giant stone like this, have you?

Hills of stone in Cappadocia

A ferry at the harbour of Bosphorus

Buildings beside the Bosphorus Strait
The one on the left below is a mosque, I don't think we can find one in Indonesia! 

Turkey People 
Clockwise: a Turkey woman weaving rug (Turkey famous for it's rug); a saleswoman on a road side; 
a man selling ice cream (with coca cola logos behind him); the making of ceramic plate (Turkey also famous for it's ceramic, see, the pattern's so beatiful)

Above: Seagulls flying above the Bosphorus Strait
Below: A seagull having breakfast

A Mosque I don't know it's name

Above: Four Season Hotel Istanbul, at the Bosphorus Strait side
Created from a century-old neoclassic Turkish prison in the core of this city. It only contained 65 guest rooms and suites frame an open courtyard
Below: The hotel's park

The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge (TurkishBoğaziçi Köprüsü or 1. Boğaziçi Köprüsü --> how do we spell it???) is one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey (the other one is the Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which is called the Second Bosphorus Bridge). This bridge is spanning the Bosphorus Strait and connecting Europe and Asia

The nearly sunset atomosphere
A beautiful Byzantine mosque. They have a typical shape, a few square buildings combined with rounded domes with sharp-pointed towers on the four sides of the building    

One of the domes in Hagia Sophia mosque. It was the largest cathedral in the world for thousand years before it turned into a mosque, and now a museum. Although all of the Catholic elements were removed when they converted it into a mosque, we still can find a picture of St. Mary's figure carrying Baby Jesus at the dome.   

A group of soldier walking after their changing shift in Attaturk Mausoleum

One of coffins we can find in the mausoleum. 
Aren't the naked human sculptures looks scary??
A beautiful garden around the mausoleum
Anıtkabir (literally, "memorial tomb") is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.

A sculpture of St. Mary, mother of Jesus. It's located at Ephesus. 
It's built right at the area where the latest house of Mary's found.
She lived here for the rest of her life after John took her here.

Nike Goddess Sculpture at Ephesus
Yup, it's Nike, like Nike the famous sport stuff brand. It's logo is take from the shape of her wing. In Greek ancient history, NIKE (or Nicé) was the winged goddess or spirit (daimon) of victory, both in battle and peaceful competition. No wonder why Nike use it's name for it's brand, so the user can reach victory of the sport competition. Well it's just my opinion..

The ancient toilets with my aunt above it at The City of Troy.
Eww... @___@

It looks like a lake but it actually was not. 
It was a very large area (I don't know how large) which intended to be a place for gypsy people to gather.
But one day the area suddenly dropped about 9 meters and filled with rain and, voila! 
The area turned into a lake until now

How was your "trip"? I hope it's useful for you.
Sorry I can't give you higher resolution. This is the best I can get.
See you on the next trip!!

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