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... really takes your breath away. During a restoration - one that seems to be permanent, the archeological team have uncovered many of the original mosaics. There is of course a tension between revealing the original and artwork and leaving it in its current decorative state- the Islamic art inside the building is equally beautiful and equally worthy of being restored/ saved. How the future pans out for the hagia Sofia is a metaphor for the tensions between Islam and the ...
... these external marks are the differences unseen by us, but evident to all Hindus – that of caste. It is a difficult concept for a westerner to swallow. But in India it is readily accepted, hardly worth noting, and provides order. In Varanasi our guide mentioned casually that the boatmen providing rides were a different caste from the fishermen plying the same waters. Neither would do the job of the other. Nor could a Brahmin open a betel nut ...
... to Jesus and Mary.
Our next stop was the Rustem Pasha Mosque which is a functioning mosque. There are approximately 4000 mosques in the city of Istanbul.The Rüstem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha (husband of one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah). Rüstem Pasha died in July 1561 and the mosque was built after his death from around 1561 until 1563. The Mosque is ...
... dropped off all of our luggage at our travel agency where we would be getting picked up later tonight for our bus. We ate lunch at a small café on a corner with a view of the Blue Mosque while we waited for prayer time to be over. We sat beside a middle aged couple from the States who we ended up chatting with for nearly an hour. They gave us tons of great tips and recommendations for our travels through Europe which we really ...
... I'd never play backgammon with the old guys on main street ... I'd never walk among the stout pine trees of Araç's plateau. As I looked for a place to settle down while in Turkey, this village seemed attractive.
But, I moved on eastward. I entered a supermarket in a strange town and was surrounded by the employees. Young guys, a pretty girl with her hair covered, a tan girl with ...
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