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Phrygian valley cradle

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

Alanya Turquoise Blue

Alanya Turquoise Blue

ALANYA WHEN TURQUOISE BLUE MEETS AUTUMNS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. .

The average air temperature never falls below 19°C here in this town blessed with sunshine 300 days of the year. What’s more, getting there is as easy as pie thanks to Alanya Gazipasa Airport. Just 135 kilometers east of Antalya, Alanya has a history going back thousands of years. Home to the tribes dispersed to Anatolia after the Trojan War, the city was known as Kolodorus, meaning beautiful mountain, in the Byzantine period.

Enjoying a golden age in the medieval period, it grew and developed inside one of Anatolia’s most impressive castles. A small fishing community surrounded by orange orchards

Filmekimi

Filmekimi

A special development for its 10th year

In its 10th year, Filmekimi goes beyond Istanbul’s city limits and takes the best and most current examples of cinema to five more cities in Turkey. The special selection comprised of films in the Filmekimi and Istanbul Film Festival programme will be shown in Izmir on 13-16 October, in Bursa and Konya on 20-23 October and in Trabzon and Diyarbakir on 27-30 October.

This year’s prominent films include the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘The Kid with a Bike’ which shared the Cannes Grand Jury Award with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Anatolia’, the latest film by Lars von Trier ‘Melancholia’, the latest film by Jaffar Panahi ‘This Is Not a Film’ and ‘This Must Be the Place’ directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Sean Penn.

The festival will also showcase the latest works of prominent directors

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:

ON STRANGER TIDES

Sea Captain

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

Art lover

Art lover

An art lover also loves good food

– For breakfast Laduree (21 rue Bonaparte), Eggs Co (11 rue Bernard Palissy) and Gerard Mulot (76 rue de Seine). Accompanied with whipped cream and apricot marmalade. You must have French toast (a sweet version of Turkish eggy bread).

– For lunch, you could act like a Parisian, splash out and watch a rare steak served with string beans arrive at your table or you could drool over the mussels at the neighboring table and say, ‘I wish I’d ordered that,’ at Les Editeurs (4 Carrefour de I’Odeon).

Visit St. Germain, the heart of Paris’ alternative art scene

We recommend Laduree for breakfast, Les Editeurs for lunch and La Palette for dinner opening out to the world from Paris. For a dynamic time.

Now that you are in Paris, you must have French food for dinner. Friday, Relais de I’Entrecote (15 rue Marbeuf); Saturday, Le Petit St-Benoit (4 rue Saint-Benoit), Sunday, La Palette (290

Mardin Stonemasonry

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

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

The smell of the history in Kastamonu: izbeli Farm

THE IZBELI FARM SET UP BY THE SULTAN MEHMET 4. IN 1651 TO TRAIN CAVALRY SOLDIERS TO THE OTTOMAN ARMY CONTIBUTES TODAY TO THE TOURISM OF KASTAMONU AND JOINS THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT.

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 MUSEUM MANSION

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

The Museum of Yalvac

The Museum of Yalvac

With such a wealth of history and historical remains, Yalvac naturally has a fine museum in which finds from excavations and other sources are on display. At the entrance to the museum you are greeted by examples of some of the fine reliefs that once graced Antiocheia’s monuments. Entering the museum, we are immediately enthralled by an unbroken sequence of works that begins from Prehistoric times. The aesthetic satisfaction that comes of viewing works in terracotta changes to the pleasurable experience of examining Roman sarcophagi. The deep gaze in the eyes of a statue of Aphrodite is reflected in the statues of Pan and Men. That golden chalice over there must surely have been a witness to the excitement of countless victory celebrations. Works of mother-of-pearl depicting Mary, Jesus, and angels are just a few of the rare and exquisite works on display at the Yalvac Museum, which also contains a section for ethnographic material as well.