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Hagia Sophia: Where East Meets West

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More than just a city, Istanbul marks the point where East meets West and nowhere else is this more apparent that at Hagia Sophia. For nearly 1000 years it was the largest enclosed building on earth, but what is unique about Hagia Sophia is how it carries the history of Christianity and Islam within its… Read more »

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Cappadocia: A Geological Wonder

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With its eerie, moonlike landscape that covers 5000 square kilometers, Cappadocia is a geological wonder waiting to be explored.   One of the best ways to see the unusual ridges and rock formations that cover this region is in a hot air balloon. The balloon burners are fired up before sunrise, filling them with hot… Read more »

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Gobekli Tepe, Eastern Turkey

Göbekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple

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Graham Hancock, a journalist and specialist in ancient civilisations details his experiences and reflections at Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple.   I have spent the past week exploring the mysterious 12,000 year-old megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, the world’s first temple, predating Stonehenge by 8,000 years. With its extraordinary, haunting energy, it’s obvious… Read more »

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Turkey: Returning to Göbekli Tepe

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Discover the intricate details of Göbekli Tepe through David’s eyes and read about the fascinating story behind the oldest temple in the world.   It was three years ago that I first heard about Göbekli Tepe. It was a chance encounter in the narrow alleys of Sanliurfa in Eastern Turkey. An old man smiled at me and… Read more »

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Turkey: Ishak Pasa Palace

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[Part 12] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   After catching a bus to Dogubeyazit and arriving ahead of schedule I decided to walk the 6km up to… Read more »

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Turkey: Ani

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[Part 11] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   After a rather dull day yesterday (the humour of the idea of a bus from Van to Kars wore… Read more »

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Turkey: Hosap Castle and Van Castle

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[Part 10] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   I met with Remsey this morning and we drove about an hour to Hosap. There, perched on a hll… Read more »

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Turkey: Akdamar Island

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[Part 9] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   The day started with one of Van’s famous breakfasts on what is casually known as breakfast street. This street… Read more »

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Turkey: Diyarbakir

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[Part 8] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.     After Gulay went to work I grabbed a minibus into Diyarbakir centre. The city is known as Amed… Read more »

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