Kyffhäuser - Barbarossa and the mythology about his death

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Kyffhäuser - Barbarossa and the mythology about his death

We were again in the East of Germany and thus on the way very close along the Kyffhäuser ridge and so we once again had been drawn to the monumental memorial of the Hohenstaufer Friedrich Barbarossa I, after all, nicknamed King Rotbart, is considered one of the greatest emperors of the Middle Ages.

Migration to Hermannstadt - today Sibiu in Transylvania

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Migration to Hermannstadt - today Sibiu in Transylvania

When there are wars and conflicts at home, when there is no work even in agriculture for self-sufficiency due to destruction or epidemics, people are desperate, seeking about ways out and away from misery, not to be killed or even starve because of hunger.

Kyffhäuser Mountain Range and Mythology of Barbarossa

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Kyffhäuser Mountain Range and Mythology of Barbarossa

The Kyffhäuser, a low mountain range south-east of the Harz mountains stretching from the Thuringian Kyffhäuser district to the Saxony-Anhalt district of Mansfeld-Südharz, is the central point of a saga of the mountain rift.

The Last Ottoman - Ertugrul Osman

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Tha Last Ottoman - Ertugrul Osman

Ertugrul Osman - the would-be sultan known in Turkey as the "last Ottoman" - has died in Istanbul at the age of 97. Osman would have been sultan of the Ottoman Empire had Turkey's modern republic not been created in the 1920s. 

Leonardo da Vinci - machines at EXPO 2016 Antalya

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Leonardo da Vinci - machines at EXPO 2016 Antalya

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, anatomist, mechanic, engineer and natural philosopher, born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, which explains the second part of his name. He is considered one of the most famous polymath of all time.

The Seljuk Caravanserai in Asia Minor

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The Seljuk Caravanserai in Asia Minor

Without doubt, Caravanserai are included amongst the most magnificent and impressive monuments of Seljuk architecture ever. Also known as “domes of the roads”, the Caravanserai have begun to flourish within the first half of 13th Century and were spread about all along the ancient trade routes all over Anatolia and to the places in Northern and Southern borders.

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi - Konya in Turkey

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Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

The Turkish mystic Mevlana was the founder of the brotherhood of the dancing dervish. With the help of their dances they tried to get into contact with God. As a symbol of neatness, the dervish wear white capes while dancing and, while spinning round, they always point to the sky with one hand and to the centre of the earth with the other.

Turkish History - from past to present

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Turkish History

The first settlement was established about 7000 B.C. Near the town of Konya historians found the first traces of houses, holy places and different sculptures.

Development of women's suffrage in Turkey

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Development of women's suffrage in Turkey

Women's rights, equal rights, emancipation and, as a result, women's suffrage are all terms that can still be heard in the media almost every day.

Fes or hat - the laws on head covering in Turkey

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Fes or hat - the laws on head covering in Turkey

In pictures or photographs of the Orient and the Balkans in the early 19th century, men are usually seen wearing a special headgear called fez / fez or tarbush.

Yörük – nomadic shepherds in the Taurus Mountains

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Yörük – nomadic shepherds in the Taurus Mountains

Only a few kilometers away from the tourist-oriented coastal towns on the Turkish Riviera and the Turkish Aegean, not only the landscape and nature are changing fundamentally, the population is also fundamentally different.

Alec Issigonis - designer of legendary "Mini" from Izmir

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Alec Issigonis - designer of legendary

The Greek Konstantin Issigonis and his Bavarian wife Hulda Prokopp left their Greek home island of Paros at the end of the 18th century in order to run a machine factory in the city of Smyrna, today's Izmir.

Ergenekon – Myth, Truth or Just Scaremongering?

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Ergenekon – Myth, Truth or Just Scaremongering?

Especially in the last few years, the term Ergenekon can be read again and again in the daily press reports, mostly accompanied by a wave of arrests of politicians, journalists or lawyers and officers and trials against public figures; the television news even mentions conspiracy theories and state attacks.

Theodor Wiegand - Excavations and Travel

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Theodor Wiegand - Excavations and Travel

Our visit to the Forest Fire Station of Dursunbey came together with the meeting of some Roman artifacts that justified our interest to further research in the history of Dursunbey or Balat, how the city was called until 100 years ago.

The Fisherman of Halicarnassus - Bodrum

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Fisherman of Halicarnassus

Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, the son of an Ottoman family graduated from Oxford, was convicted of some obscure crime in 1925 and exiled to Bodrum for three years.

Haymatloz - Ernst Reuter in Ankara

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Haymatloz - Ernst Reuter Hause in Berlin

The word "Haymatloz" was written in capital letters in the passports of Jewish refugees who tried to escape to Turkey during World War II. More than 1000 German people immigrated to the Bosporus from 1933 until 1945  and they left traces which can still be seen today. 

Turkish Mythology or the "Ergenekon Legend"

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Turkish Mythology or the

Emerging from the merger of various nomadic tribes around 500 AD, the tribal federation of the "Turks" was initially more of a community of interests that campaigned for the expansion of their pastures and control of the few oasis towns in Central Asia.

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