The Bosphorus Bridge and The Maiden’s Tower

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This gorgeous Turkish card came as a surprise from Filiz. ūüôā It pictures the¬†Bosphorus bridge (above) and the Maiden’s Tower (below).

The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge or simply the First Bridge is one of two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey; thus connecting Europe and Asia (the other one is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which is called the Second Bosphorus Bridge.) The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). The Bosphorus Bridge was the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world (and the longest outside the United States) when it was completed in 1973. At present, it is the 21st longest suspension bridge span in the world.

The Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of √úsk√ľdar in Istanbul, Turkey.¬†There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, a sultan had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The sultan, in an effort to thwart his daughter’s early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.¬†On the 18th birthday of the princess, the sultan brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father’s arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden’s Tower.

Cappadocia

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Yet another card from Belkis. ūüôā

Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. In 1985 the region of Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Blue Mosque

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This beauty came, of course, from Belkis who lives in Istanbul. ūüôā

The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. The mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. Just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice.¬†Besides being tourist attraction, it’s also an active mosque, so it’s closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers.

The cotton castle

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My very first (and absolutely gorgeous) card from Turkey comes from Belkis and pictures the very beautiful Pamukkale. In Turkish the name literally means Cotton Castle and it is easy to see why it was given that.  Yet this geological wonder is also the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis and over the centuries the two have seemed to come together, merged almost, in to one. The site itself is a series of travertines and hot springs. In 1988 the area was declared a World Heritage Site. Before that the area had its fair share of troubles.  Vehicles were allowed up and down the hills and hotels were built on top of the remains of Hierapolis.  Today the vehicles are prohibited and the hotels long since demolished, leaving the area to recover.  People are allowed to bathe in the travertine pools but are not allowed to wear shoes as these may damage the deposits.

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