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A Maiden’s Tower

By Linda Tancs

Located in Istanbul, Turkey, on an islet at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus, Maiden’s Tower is iconic for its scenic views of the strait and the skyline. It was originally built in 1110 as a defense tower by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus although legend has it that an ancient emperor built the tower to hide his beloved daughter whom a fortune teller prophesied would die from a snake bite. Since its inception it has been rebuilt and repurposed many times and now serves as a restaurant. Shuttle boats go there several times a day from both the European and Asian side of Istanbul.

Cool Cats in Turkey

By Linda Tancs

Van is a city in eastern Turkey located on the eastern shore of its namesake lake, the largest one in the country. Like other areas of the nation, different civilizations have shaped its history. But Van has something that no other part of the country can claim: one cool cat, as in feline. Indigenous to the lake area, the snow-white, longhaired cat is distinctive for having one blue eye and one amber eye. And they’re pretty good swimmers, too.

Rocks of Ages

By Linda Tancs

Cappadocia, Turkey, is a kingdom of caves and rock formations. Above ground, the chimney-like rocks have been carved into dwellings and, in some cases, luxury hotels. Below ground teems an ancient metropolis, carved deep into the earth by troglodytes. How best to view it depends on your point of view, literally. How about a hot air balloon ride above ground? Some of the underground cities, like Derinkuyu (the deepest), are open for tours.

The Rise of Civilization

By Linda Tancs

In southeastern Turkey near the ancient city of Urfa lies a hilltop with prehistoric ruins dating back 12,000 years.  Known as Göbekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), the site may very well be the world’s first temple, predating England’s Stonehenge by about 6000 years.   The T-shaped pillars of stone characterizing the temple site contain abstract symbols along with depictions of foxes, snakes, wild boars, cranes, and wild ducks.  Like sister  Stonehenge and other ancient sites around the world, it’s another mystical puzzle piece to the rise of humanity.

 

A Whirlwind Event in Turkey

By Linda Tancs

A whirling dervish is to Turkey what baseball is to America, a symbol of national pride and part of its custom, history and culture.  Celebrated each year in Konya during the weeklong Mevlana Festival, the dancers commemorate the life and death of Sufi master and poet Rumi, founder of the dervishes.  The event takes place at the sports stadium from 10 to 17 December.

A Hotel That Turns Heads

By Linda Tancs

The Marmara Antalya Beach and Resort Hotel in Turkey can turn heads.  Perhaps your head–if you stay in one of their 24 club rooms that rotates 360 degrees to give you panoramic views of the Falez Hills of Antalya, the perenially sun-drenched Mediterranean and the hotel’s private beach and grounds.  Sounds like a truly eye-catching experience.

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Culture Capital Marks 25th Year

By Linda Tancs

Happy New Year, readers!  2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Europe’s Capital of Culture program.  Sharing the spotlight this year will be Germany’s Essen, Hungary’s Pécs and Turkey’s Istanbul. Emphasizing a spirit of cooperation among this year’s honorees, an opening ceremony in Pécs at Széchenyi Square will take place on 10 January. In Turkey, university theatre groups from Europe and Turkey will convene during the year to showcase Istanbul’s standing in the arts community. And in Essen the cultural kudos kick off with the grand opening of RUHR.2010 and Ruhr Museum on World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein. Amidst the celebrations the European Commission will likewise commemorate its silver anniversary of cultural diversity recognition with a celebratory event and strategic conference on 23 and 24 March in Brussels to mark the event, to look back at the achievements of the past 25 years, and to reflect strategically on its legacy and impact.

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