Sumela is 1600 year old ancient Orthodox monastery located at a 1200 meters height on the steep cliff at Macka region of Trabzon city in Turkey.

Sumela is 1600 year old ancient Orthodox monastery located at a 1200 meters height on the steep cliff at Macka region of Trabzon city in Turkey. Pontian Greek monastery, built by the Pontic Greeks who lived there from 700 B.

The inside of Karabatak in Istanbul is fun and cozy.

Istanbul's Galleries, Shops, Restaurants and Hot Spots

Photos: Istanbul's Galleries, Shops, Restaurants and Hot Spots: City of Senses : Condé Nast Traveler

Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in theDerinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m, it was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found acrossCappadocia.

Beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret - a warren of hidden streets where real people lived, worked and died between the and the centuries. Edinburgh- always amazing!

Derinkuyu -   This ancient Turkish city could house up to 50 thousand people, reached eleven stories below ground, and was built in the 7th or 8th century. Turkey is full of underground cities, in part because the volcanic rock in the region is easy to carve out.

10 Mysterious Underground Cities

Welcome to Derinkuyu, an underground city that once housed up to people. In the Cappadocia region, famous for its cave dwellings and underground villages, Derinkuyu stands out for sheer size and complexity. Locals began digging in the BCE.

book bench Istanbul, Turkey

"Istanbul is an open book – 18 of them, in fact, all written by Turkish poets. This ad campaign not only promotes reading and publicizes the work of native writers, but turns boring public furniture into functional works of art." (I want book benches!

ancient islamic penrose tiles  An archway in the Sultan's Lodge in the Green Mosque in Bursa, Turkey from 1424. Credit: Image courtesy of W.B. Denny     http://www.sciencenews.org/view/access/id/30292/name/f8196_6249.jpg#

The decorated arch in the Sultan’s Loge at the Green Mosque, Bursa, Turkey (links to an article on tiles / maths / tessellation)


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