The charms of Constantinople 4; Arcadius column

There are many momuments that remained from East Roman Empire era. We are very close to lose some of them forever. Some of them are stuck to somewhere in the city.

Arcadius column is one of the victory monuments of the city. It was erected after the war against German tribes. It had lasted for a long time to build it (around 4th century). It used to be a glorious monument. It was very high. It was described as a mysterious monument because it is believed that the carvings on the monument warned the empire for an occupation. That occupation became true in 13th century (the crusaders’ invasion). It was believed that a monk was living at that monument. According to the story, thousands of snakes (including a giant snake) got out of this monument and went through the sea. The public of Constantinople witnessed this scene.

Constantinople was the city that was full of mystery. Some of them are still valid for our present time.

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The charms of Constantinople 3; The million stone

We all know zero point in NY. US declared the ruins of twin trade towers as center of the world. Around 1600 years ago, when Constantinople was constructed, a monument was erected in order to mark the center of the world. It is known as million stone. It is located in Sultanahmet district of old town.

Roman Empire was a developed empire. They had knowledge on city planning and construction. Engineering was on the peak of the history. Even today we aren’t capable of reaching some of them. Constantinople was one of the metropolitan cities of the ancient world. It was the equvalent of New York of modern times. So those monuments had many things to tell us. That’s what archeaologists want to find out.

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Anamur; The land of domestic banana

Turkish territory is so natural that we can come across many fruits and agricultural products. Banana is one of them. Especially Anamur – the county of Mersin province – is famous for domestic bananas in Turkey. It is located in the south of Turkish Republic. In the recent years, the agricultural products are diversified.

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