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.

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.

Mythologies from Kelainai during the reign of King Midas

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Mythologies from Kelainai during the reign of King Midas

In our article on the dynasty of the ancient Persian Achaemenids, we reported on the development of the ancient city of Kelainai, which was later called Apameia Kibotos and was located at the sources of the Meander river.

Termessos and Bellerophon - Mythology

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Termessos and Bellerophon - Mythology

What armies could not do was possible for the great hero Bellerophon, who, like Heracles, was one of the great heroes of Greek mythology.

Easter and the Easter bunny - mythology about painted eggs

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Easter and the Easter bunny - mythology about painted eggs

Pastor Jean Richier called the Easter bunny hiding the eggs "a fable to be opened to the simple-minded and to children" (fabula, que simplicioribus et infantibus imponunt) and he consequently had to leave his native France in the 17th century for reasons of religious persecution.

Symbolism for eternal life - the tail-eater Ouroboros

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Symbolism for eternal life - the tail-eater Ouroboros

Our tour of the central cemetery in Vienna brought not only our amazement due to the huge dimensions of the cemetery, the sometimes bizarre types of use and the social integration into the local people community, but also numerous insights into the symbolism on the tombstones and monuments.

Poseidon or Neptunus - God of the Sea

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Poseidon - God of the Sea

Poseidon (Latin: Neptunus) was the god of the sea and, as "Earth-Shaker," of earthquakes in Greek mythology. The name of the sea-god Nethuns in Etruscan was adopted in Latin for Neptune in Roman mythology: both were sea gods analogous to Poseidon.

Historical facts and mythology of our sun

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Historical facts and mythology of our sun

The sun is the central star in our heaven, all life on the earth depends on it. This great importance has been conscious to the people since ages. Thus many earlier cultures revered the sun as a god.

Delphi - Mythology about the Oracle of Delphi

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Delphi - Mythology about the oracle of Delphi

In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the world of that time. According to the myth, the divine Zeus had let two eagles rise from one end of the world, which lateron they met in Delphi.

Apollo - God of Light and Sun from Olymp

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Apollo - God of Light

In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo is one of the most important and diverse of the Olympian deities. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine, healing and plague; music, poetry, and the arts; and more.

Demeter - Goddess of Fertility of the Earth

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Demeter - Goddess of the Harvest

In Greek mythology Demeter  was the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains, the fertility of the earth, the seasons and the harvest. Though Demeter is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death.

Dionysus - God of Wine and Fun

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Dionysus - God of Wine and Fun

Dionysus or Dionysos is the ancient Greek god of wine, the god who inspires ritual madness and ecstasy, and a major figure of Greek mythology. He is included as one of the twelve Olympian Gods in some lists. Dionysus is typical of the god of the epiphany, "the god that comes".

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