Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Turkey by Ara

Last month Ara visited Turkey and sent be a few cards from there. 

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 These are views of the Hadrian Temple in Ephesus; Ölüdeniz; Istanbul; Pamukkale; Alanya and Nemrut. 

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The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupies a place of prominence in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art. With the Seljuks’ victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt in 1071, the art followed them into Anatolia and embarked upon a new period of strong development fostered by the Anatolian Seljuk sultanate. - in: http://anatoliahistory.com/2011/07/11/the-art-of-turkish-tiles-and-ceramics/

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Cappadocia: the site of nature’s wonderful formations, a central Anatolian and World Heritage with a history dating back to 3000 B.C
This awesome geography where history and nature intertwines has been host to many civilizations throughout the centuries.  The unique volcanic landscape of the region took shape as a result of the erosion of the volcanic layers which spread through the area with the eruption of Erciyes, Hasandag and Güllüdag mountains about 60 million years ago.
Cappadocia, which means “land of beautiful horses,”in Persian language, has been the hub of many civilizations and a gigantic shelter and center for Christians who fled from the Roman Empire during the Hittite period and hid in the houses and churches carved inside of rocks.
With the formation of fairy chimneys in time, the local communities carved houses and churches into these rocks and made frescoes inside of these structures connecting the past with the present. - in: http://www.goturkey.com/en/place/detail/cappadocia

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