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... very tall stone column. Originally it was covered in bronze. So, what happened to the bronze? The 4th Crusade happened. The good knights of Christian Europe spent 57 years in Istanbul looting and pillaging. Even a century later, people remember it with horror.
The Serpentine column is maybe 6-8 feet tall. Originally it was much taller. It was made of the helmets, shields, and other armor from opponents in war. Persians, Hittites, ...
... Lone Pine, a strategic ridge for both sides;
here is Nek, only the size of a tennis court but the scene of a great battle;
to your right is Shrapnel Gully, leading up to the top of the ridge;
up on this hill is Chanuk Bair, the New Zealanders held the ridge for only 48 hours but that’s the site of their memorial overlooking Anzac Cove, and the site of a statue of Ataturk and stories about him.
over this side of the ...
... to follow us down several bazaar alleys expressing his distaste in us and our wasting his time. This experience led to my immediate need to escape the confinements of the premises and find the exit to this labyrinth of harassing, stalking shop keepers. It was unfortunate that I had an experience as I've just outlined in my blog, since the Grand Bazaar is world famous and I'd been looking forward to exploring and experiencing it like any other ...
... definitely do not do justice.
A short walk then to Hagia Sofia, another mosque with four minarets is large enough to enclose Paris' Notre Dame' cathedral or the Statue of Liberty ( without the torch).. Hard to imagine...but it's massive. Byzantine style and adorned inside with marble pillars from ancient Ephesus. It is now a museum and a UNESCO heritage site.
Underneath Istanbul are the underground cisterns where the town's water supply was ...
Below is a list of other destinations I explored while in Cappadocia!
Derinkuyu Underground City
It's the largest underground city in the region and consists of 14 floors of winding tunnels and rooms. Derinkuyu was first dug from the soft volcanic rock as a haven for early Christians against the Roman Empire. Back then, Christians had to hide their religion so they built extensive underground networks to protect themselves. ...