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
old princely court and voivodal palace bucharest
In Bucharest on Franceză Street, nestled between the bustling cafes, inviting restaurants, and crumbling, yet still inhabited homes of the old city, lies the ruins of the former Wallachian Voivodal Palace. While the complex has been closed for renovations throughout much of the decade, I had the opportunity to visit its arched gateways and subterranean chambers a few years ago while they were still accessible to the public. The ruins of the Voivodal Palace and
Peutinger Map, all roads lead to Rome - map of Constantinople
I have a deep fascination and passion for cartography – historical cartography in particular. It is very enjoyable to pour over curiously drawn medieval maps – crude attempts to depict the shape of the world, and marvel at the symbols used to depict cartographic and natural phenomena. Roman cartography is poorly understood, as next to no examples survive from their once-flourishing works – and most of those are medieval copies of Roman originals. One such
issyk lake kurgan almaty day trip
Into the Mountains Compared to the steppes and deserts to the north, the southern provinces of Kazakhstan are walled off to the south by the towering peaks of the Tian Shan mountains, separating it from neighboring Kyrgyzstan. The majestic range is home to the tallest mountains that I have ever seen, with peaks towering well over 16,000 feet in places, snow-capped even in high summer. It is in these mountains that the elusive and endangered