Turkey

Topkapi Palace

Standing prominent above Old Istanbul and its waterfront, Topkapi Palace is an immense1 structure with a long and regal history – from its role as the centre of the Ottoman Empire, to its current operation as a museum housing sacred…

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Tuesday, 30th June 2009

World’s Largest Portrait

Continuing the never-ending stream of “World’s largest…” we present The World’s Largest Portrait, which adorns the hills of Erzincan in Turkey. The massive 7.5 square km painting is of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey until his death…

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Tuesday, 4th September 2007

Europe’s Largest Wooden Building

This is Eski Rum Yetimhanesi, on the island of Buyukada off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. I can’t verify this as Wikipedia doesn’t seem to have any information, but apparently: it was built as a hotel, although it never received…

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Thursday, 18th August 2005

Bridge Between Two Continents

This is the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. Interestingly, as the Bosporus strait is the boundary between Europe and Asia, the bridge actually connects two continents. In May 2005 tennis star Venus Williams played a show game on the bridge,…

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Tuesday, 16th August 2005

Ne Mutlu Türküm Diyene!

Deep in the Asian part of Turkey is this giant image of the Turkish flag. The writing (which is Turkey’s national slogan), says ‘Ne mutlu Türküm diyene’, meaning ‘How happy is he who can say “I am a Turk”‘. Thanks…

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Monday, 15th August 2005

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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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