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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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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