October 31, 2020

Phrygian valley cradle

CRADLE OF CULTURE: Phrygian valley

On one side monumental tumuli, giant rock-carved reliefs, altars and cave dwellings, on the other fairy chimney formations like works of art and the thermal springs that have warmed the lofty steppes of the Anatolian plateau for centuries. While wandering in the valleys and highlands, you grasp more easily the place in human history of the Phrygian civilization and its rich cultural heritage.

The region that includes the provinces of Afyonkarahisar, Kutahya and Eskisehir, where the monuments of the Phrygian civilization are located, is known today as the Valley of the Phrygians. Three cities still preserve their historic links with this magnificent geography, which illumines the present with the light of the past. Countless local riches, such as Afyonkarahisar`s marbles, Kutahya tiles and Eskisehir`s alabaster, are the touchstones of this cultural journey.

Every day at dawn, first the castle perched on the colossal rock mas

Sea Captain

I would have liked to be a Captain of the Sea

Drawing viewers’ attention with the role of Peyker in the TV series Ask-i Memnu, Nur Fettahoglu has made it to the top as the character of Mahidevran in Muhtesem Yuzyil (The Magnificent Century). ‘If I were Mahidevran, I would think of more clever solutions, but this is desperation, you never know’ says the beautiful actress, stating that if she had lived during that period, she would have wanted to be Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha.

‘The leading figures of that period went through great pain’

Starting her acting career with `Benden Baba Olmaz’ and then following with `Gonul Salincagi’, Nur Fettahoglu really made her acting breakthrough as `Peyker` in Ask-i Memnu. The role of Mahidevran in ‘Muhtesem Yuzyil` has carved her a position at the top. The beautiful actress, appearing as Mahidevran, one of the strong women of the Harem during the reign of Kanuni, says if

Mardin Stonemasonry

Mardin Stonemasonry Master-Trainer

I was born in 1965 in Mardin. I have been a stonemason for 25 years. I practice this art with love and enjoy sharing with people. I feel happy when working. In 1985, when I wasn’t working yet, I met with Master Yusuf. He is the best stonemason of Mardin. He took me into his business. At first it was quite challenging, I wanted to quit but I endured and accomplished because patience rewards us with success. I have done this for 25 years and I am glad I did not quit.

Hardest part

Drawing is the hardest part…

A couple of good eye

Muslim calendar

Despite the fact that the population had to use the Muslim calendar in its dealings with the central and local authorities, the I Bulgarians continued to use the Christian I calendar in their everyday life and public relations. In certain contexts, its use developed into a distinctive feature of ethnic-religious belonging. Also, almost until the I Liberation, the rhythm of time for the I Bulgarian was dictated by his work activities. Tradition also controlled the holiday calendar and the ways of spending the leisure time. The only relatively lucid change was related to the appearance of the clock, which occupied its place in the life of Bulgarians after the 17th century. In the second and third quarters of the 19th century, the achievements of modem European civilization integrated the Bulgarians into the bourgeois epoch and urged them to rethink and enrich not only their value system, but also the notions of tim

The smell of the history

The smell of the history in Kastamonu: izbeli Farm


The cavalry soldiers [rained at the Izbeli Farm and re-nowned with their discipline gained big victories for many yeras. The farm which had been one of the important training centers of the Ottoman army and set up on a land of 860 thousand sqm. serves currently the tourism.


The mansion at the Izbeli Farm keeping the history of many centuries is transformed to a museum now. Sabiha Izbeli kept for many years the objects in the mansion enabling the visitors to live various phases of the history in an authentic atmosphere. Among these objects, there are flintlock gun

Agehi (985/1577)

He was born in Vardar of Yenice. His real name is Mansur. Being from the cadi class he was a scholar, a historian and a …

History of Yalvac

Anatolia was successively a home for the civilizations of the Hittites, the Assyrians, the Lydians and the Persians. After Alexander the Great`s invasion, it became the home of still more civilizations, the results of which we can see today. Reflecting these developments, Yalvac`s inexhaustible love of culture and civilization continued as if it had set sail on the sea of hope.

Despite his youthfulness, Alexander`s military genius enabled him to conquer Anatolia in the course of his campaigns. Inspired by the teachings of famous philosophers and by the aspirations of his father, Phillip II of Macedon, he brought peace and security to the peninsula. After Alexander`s untimely death, the city of Antiocheia in Pisidia was founded on the southern side of the Sultan mountains by one of his generals, Seleukos, or possibly his son, Antiochos. In 39-36 BC, the city was ruled by Amyntas and it later was incorporated int