Hagia Eirene, a fascinating example of Byzantine architecture whose advantageous position next to the great Hagia Sophia has almost rendered it forgotten to history.
It is very easy to miss the sixth century Roman church of Hagia Eirene. It is a rather small structure, completely eclipsed by its larger and more famous sister church – Hagia Sophia, of which countless stories have been told. Beyond that, it is also located within the courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, and is known to the Turks as Aya İrini. The name, stemming from the Greek Αγία Ειρήνη means “Divine Peace.” All the
Near the main square of Sighișoara – one can find a warm abode for the night, at the Pivnița and Pensiunea la Teo.
Sighișoara does not receive so many visitors during the winter, for obvious reasons. Under the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, Southern Transylvania is amongst the coldest regions of Romania. During the dead time of the year, this actually becomes a boon for travelers to Sighișoara. During the winter, the most beautiful inhabited medieval towns in Europe temporarily takes off its touristic hat and becomes a normal town – albeit one that happens to be surrounded
Bergkirche - Church on the Hill Sighisoara
Along the Târnava Mare River valley, Sighișoara, known as Schäsbrich in the local Transylvanian Saxon dialect, is perhaps the best preserved medieval town in Transylvania. The town was originally settled by German-speaking settlers during the 12th century, who were invited to defend the Kingdom of Hungary from Mongol raiders. It is surrounded by walls and towers inside which can be found a mosaic of pastel colored homes. Near Sighișoara’s main square, there is a covered
phanar neighbourhood istanbul turkey
Located between the southern shores of Golden Horn and the ancient city walls of Constantinople lies the Fener (Greek – Φανάρι (Phanari)) Quarter. In the aftermath of the fall of the Roman Empire to the forces of Mehmet the Conqueror, the quarter became the center of life for Constantinople’s remaining Greek population. As this was an era before modern nationalistic discourse, perhaps it is more appropriate to refer to the population as the Turks did
o suta de movile
Moldova’s geography can be generalized as a forest-steppe zone – the foothills originating from the Carpathian Mountains subtly sloping towards the beginnings of the Eurasian Steppe, before fading into the sea. The land is intersected by softly flowing rivers making their way through silent forests and deep, wide valleys. These features make for a surprisingly rugged topography, creating many geological oddities. Among these are the so-called Suta de Movile, hiding its secrets. This most curious

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