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... of holiness, or simply on achieving holiness here come what may afterwards.
I left the Patriarchate with a beautiful gift book, The Ecumenical Patriarchate Today, and headed off to see Hagia Sophia, the Suleimaniyah Mosque, the Blue Mosque, and other sites of Istanbul. Questions about the holiness of objects, as well as the ways that religious sites are reused in the supercession processes of history peppered me for the rest of the day. And I had some more reading to do on Orthodox ...
... I bought a green Adidas pullover and a North Face zip-up jacket. I've found the reproductions to be of excellent quality. I know my clothes and these copies are superb. I paid AUD$15 and $68 for these items whereas in Australia I would have paid AUD$120 and $350 easily. Pudd bought fantastic quality Armani jeans for AUD$25 and had hem altered on the spot for AUD$2.50. Unbelievable. He also bought a couple of T-shirts and a couple of pullovers like my Adidas top - a maroon Adidas ...
... take in with one visit. On the other hand, gold was very
widely used to decorate the Ottoman sultans former home, the Topkapi
Palace, including the Harem for 400 concubines which we were able to
wander through. That didn't include the eunuchs. The Hagia Sophia
(St Sophia) is now a museum and unfortunately half of it was filled
with scaffolding for restoration work so we couldn't get to feel the
size of it. It is interesting because it has ...
And the Turkish adventure continues! On Monday we started our day with visiting a place called Çoça which is an organization that is part of the child studies branch of one of the universities in Istanbul. They work with children and adults to educate people about child rights and the conditions in the child rights convention that was ratified by Turkey a while ago. The team consists of four full time workers and they also get help from all of the students in the child ...
... drastically contrasting shades. The canyons and gorges clung to long shadows, while the foliage deepened into a saturated green. One of my favorite memories was staring out at the giant 4000m high volcano that sat miles away in Kayseri. That mountain is what started it all, and none of this landscape would have been there without it.
For instance, Fairy chimneys (a.k.a. the phallic shaped ...