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Advent - solemn and contemplative until Christmas

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Advent - solemn and contemplative until Christmas

Now it starts again, the pre-Christmas period, or, as it is also called, the Advent season. Time of the Christmas markets and cozy meetings together with friends in spite of some partial cold outdoors.

Martin Luther - Reformation movement and witch burning

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Martin Luther - Reformation movement and witch burning

At Luther's time just about 2,000 people lived in Wittenberg. Apart from a few stone buildings such as the church and town houses, the roofs of most mud huts were mostly covered with straw. Between 1500 and 1550, only 54 new houses were built within the fortress ring.

Advent - fasting period or contemplative pre-Christmas

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Advent - fasting period or contemplative pre-Christmas time

Advent, the term comes from the Latin word "adventus," which means "coming"; in the meaning Adventus Domini (Latin for the coming of the Lord), the term refers to the season which Christendom should prepare the feast of Christmas, dedicate to the birth of Jesus Christ.

Darwin's evolution theory is controversial - genesis better?

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Darwin's evolution theory is controversial - genesis better?

A theory of evolution is understood to mean the scientific and in principle coherent description of the formation and alteration of the biological units, especially the species, as a result of organismic evolution, the development process in the course of the earth's history, which has taken place and continues.

Happy New Year - The New Year's Day in cultural regions

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Happy New Year - The New Year's Day in cultural regions

This should actually be the title of this article. Unfortunately, there is once again a great deal of doubt about the "Ability of Thinking, Culture, Compassion and Humanity" of our race called Human Being - after Berlin it has hit Istanbul again this night. It is terrible, what misconception and hate are capable and leading to!

Basilius the Great - Bishop of Caesarea, today Kayseri

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Basilius the Great - Bishop of Caesarea, today Kayseri

Basilius of Caesarea was born around 330 in Caesarea, Cappadocia, where he died 49 years later on January 1, 379, which is why this day plays such an important role in the Greek Orthodox Church, the day of Christmas and Santa Claus.

Greek Christmas time - superstition plays a role

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Greek Christmas time - superstition plays an important role

Once again during Christmas time, we passed Alexandroupolis, a small town just before the border with Turkey, where an intermediate stop is almost obligatory, especially since there is a small, interesting Christmas market too.

Diyanet Official: Eyebrow plucking is sin

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Diyanet Official: Eyebrow plucking is sin

Of course, one may say that we should take care of much more significant problems and report about them, but, as we are thinking, there are the small, seemingly insignificant things of everyday life, which have to be regarded as a warning of a politically desirable reorientation which then ends in domination and absolute control?

Armenians - Breaking a Taboo in Akdamar

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Breaking a Taboo in Akdamar

After almost 100 years, thousands of Armenians have flocked to the southern Anatolian city of Van to attend a religious service in the Church of the Holy Cross. The event marks a turning point in how Turkey treats its Christian minorities. A report by Susanne Güsten.

Religious Feasts and The Koran

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Religious Feasts and The Koran

The end of the fasting month Ramadan (Sugar Holiday) is a holiday comparable to the European Christmas with family visits, celebrations and presents. The date of this holiday always changes because the starting point for the next year will always be 10 - 11 days earlier than for the year before.

Turkey's Chief Justice: If that is Islam, I'm no Muslim

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Turkey's Chief Justice:Hasim Kilic

In a lecture entitled “Human Dignity and the Constitution” at Alparslan University, Turkish Chief Justice Haşim Kılıç touched on the violence being perpetrated in Muslim countries and said, “If this is what is means to be a Muslim, then I am no Muslim.” The Chief Justice was attending a ceremony for the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sumela Monastery - Praying for better days

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Sumela Monastery - Praying for better days

Sumela, Turkey - The Turkish government allowed Christians to pray Sunday at a spectacular and politically sensitive Greek Orthodox monastery for the first time since the country's creation, seeking to improve the country's record on religious tolerance and boost tourism.

Opening Ceremony of the Youth Center in Sanliurfa

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The Opening of Karakoyunlu Youth Center

During our visit in Sanliurfa, governorship press advisor, Gökhan Özen invited us to the opening ceremony of the Youth Center. We were proud of being invited to this important opening of the center that was formed with aiming to organize education, culture, art and sport activities for the rising generation and children.

Summerschool - Seminars to support international tourism

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Izmir Turism Summerschool

When we were faced with a request to include links in internet pages and following an interesting short article on tourism we have met Themis, a Greek who was fairly critical of his countryman. We have met him at the "Tourism Summer School" Izmir seminar.

Language Classes at Turkish Schools

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Sprachschulen in der Türkei

The traveller to Turkey will meet a colourful mixture of different languages at most public places like bazaars and markets when discussing and haggle over the goods on offer.

Students of Boeselager-School from Ahrweiler in Izmir

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Students of Boeselager-Realschule in Ahrweiler are in Izmir

We have been in touch with Mr. Burkhard Bender who is employed in Philipp-Freiherr-von-Boeselager-Realschule high school in Ahrweiler. He has been organizing student visits mutually with İzmir Private Çamlaraltı College for 10 years. 

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