Ephesus is an old Roman town, host to emperors (Hadrian, Trajan) as well as the consuls of the republic (Sulla, Pompey) as Rome first expanded to the East. It was to become the capital of the Asia provence, situated in modern day Anatolia, Turkey. Read more
While visiting Istanbul, I had decided I wanted to walk some part of these walls (eventually I’d like to walk their entire length), so for this first venture, I started at the Edirne Gate, near Edirnekapı rail station, meandering alongside the walls to finish at the Golden Horn.
In my mind, the single greatest building in the world is the Hagia Sophia – Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God – (the Temple of Wisdom). It is remarkable not only for its size, the complexity of its construction, the originality of its conception, but also the way in which it sits within its environment Read more