Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blocked Nails



Here are the latest nails I did. 



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 24: Basilica Cistern

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Laying underneath the city of Istanbul is the Casilica Cistern, it was built in the 6th century.

It able to hold capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres/100,000 tons of water, though at the moment it contains almost no water, with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

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In the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the statue face of Medusa.

No one really knows why the faces are upside down and laying on its side. They say the faces laying down or upside down would be that it would so anyone who looked at her face wouldn't turn into stone.
 
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Turkey was such a wonderful country, and I saw so many things. It was really hard to leave it and I hope I will be able to visit it again. But now I must say goodbye to Turkey as I head back to Egypt for the final part of my trip.

Farewell Turkey!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 23: Hagia Sophia

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Goodbye Blue Mosque and Hello....

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Hagia Sophia!

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Hagia Sophia since 1935 has been a museum.

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Before that it was a mosque and before that it held its place as a cathedral. 

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Many mosaics. They either depicted the Virgin Mother, Jesus, saints, or emperors and empresses. Other parts of the building have many decorative mosaics.

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Hagia Sophia has so much history that you would need so much time to concept it all. There was actually two other churches built at the same place, both destroyed. The first collapsed and the second one was burnt. 

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Hagia Sophia, when it was first built was used as a "Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God". It was a Roman Catholic Cathedral until 1453, when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II. He ordered the main church of the Orthodox Christianity to be converted into a mosque. The church was put into complete disrepair. All the bells, altars, and other sacrificial vessels and relics were removed. They removed or plastered over all the mosaics of Jesus, his Mother Mary, the Christian angels and saints. 

Islamic features were added and it remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to public and reopened in 1935, four years later, as a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

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Back in the 1930's, a major part of the mosaics were rediscovered and they still continue now to restore the plastered mosaics. 

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Now we must say goodbye to Hagia Sophia, and our next stop is where?


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Egypt & Turkey Part 22: Obelisk of Theodosius

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In front of the Blue Mosque is the Hippodrome, now called Sultan Ahmet Square. 


The Hippodrome was a sporting and social center. A popular place for horse and cart racing.

In the center of the square there is the Obelisk of Theodosius. 

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Here is the base of the Obelisk of Thutmosis


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 Here you have Obelisk of Theodosius.


Theodosius the Great, in 390 brought this obelisk from Egypt and put it inside the racing track. It is all carved from pink granite, it was cut into three pieces, and now only two parts of it survive. The bottom and the top of the obelisk. It is over 3500 years and still in amazing condition. 


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 21: Istanbul Blue Mosque

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The famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul was our next stop. Long streets with tons of shops and cafes, we were followed by the locals who were offering trinkets as we walked toward the Mosque. 

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A bright sunny day in Istanbul. 

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Hello Blue Mosque!

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Inside the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior giving it its name 'Blue Mosque'. Its actually name is The Sultan Ahmed Mosque. 

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You can see the blue light up behind us. Gorgeous! 

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Egypt & Turkey Part 20: Istanbul and Turkish bread

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Back in Istanbul we traveled around to a few touristy spots. But not before enjoying a delicious breakfast at our hotel.

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We sat by waterside, the weather was beautiful in September. 

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Enjoying some Apple Tea and a Turkish bread pasty. 

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Of course stopped at some souvenir shops. 

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And it is lunch time! I swear I must have gained 10lbs during this trip with all the bread and food. Turkish people love bread and pastry products!

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