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I am sure that everyone knows about "The Hare and the Tortoise" on the hare making fun of a tortoise for moving so slowly.
 

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Düden Waterfalls are a group of Waterfalls in the province of Antalya Kepez District . Düden Waterfall is also referred to as İskender Waterfall or the Upper Düden Waterfall, there are two large "karst " springs called Pınarbaşı.

These two rivers merge after a short flow and disappear in the Bıyıklı Sinkhole. After the water pours into the Bıyıklı Sinkhole, it then goes under the ground for 14 kilometers, then down into another water depression

It emerges from one end of the depression after a short distance and sinks again into a third water depression. The water then isn't seen again, as underground for 2km till it comes to the surface in a Spring in Düdenbaşı

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This magnificent 14th century BC castle overlooks the town of Afyonkarahisar. Nicknamed the “Black Castle”, was thought once to be an impregnable fortress. The castle is now empty, but the views it offers over the entire region are worth seeing, you soar above the landscapes, where once opium was cultivated (Afyon means "Opium" in Turkish).

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The castle was much fought over during the Crusades and was finally conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid 1 in 1392 but was lost after the invasion of Timur Lenk in 1402. It was recaptured in 1428 or 1429.

The area thrived during the Ottoman Empire, as the center of opium production and Afyon became a wealthy city. But unfortunately in 1902, a fire that burned for 32 hours destroyed parts of the city and its historical architecture.

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Ottoman Architecture in Afyonkarahisar

During the 1st World War British prisoners of war who had been captured at Gallipoli were housed here in an empty Armenian church at the foot of the rock. During the Greco -Turkish war 1912 campaign (part of the Turkish War of Independence. Afyon and the surrounding hills were occupied by Greek forces. However, the area was retaken in 1922, in a key moment in the Turkish counter attack in the Aegean region. After 1923 Afyon became a part of the Republic of Turkey.
 
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If you have been wandering or driven beside the Marmara Sea road at the back of Topkapi Palace you would have seen remnants of ruins of Istanbul's 5th Century "the lost palace of Istanbul" of Constantinople's Byzantine rulers.

It used to stand on the Marmara Sea. till the land was reclaimed and a road was built taking it off the coastline. It also in part became a victim due to railway construction ..

The Istanbul Municipality at present is restoring the once neglected Palace in part to its former glory

Boukoleon Palace, its name is derived from the stone statues that once stood at the entrance of a bull and lion.

The palace itself was part of a greater complex, stretching from the city’s north to its south, and included a Grand Palace, a structure that used to stand somewhere between today’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Several kiosks, churches, cisterns, and other residential structures for the Byzantine elite were also located in the area.

The bull statue has been lost to the annals of time, but the lion statue has been recovered and now casts its gaze over visitors to Istanbul's Museum of Archaeology.

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The Istanbul Municipality is restoring the once neglected Palace to part of its former glory

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In its heyday when Istanbul was Constantinople



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This was it in the 1950's before they made the coast road to Bakirkoy

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Before the start of the Renovation.

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If you have been wandering or driven beside the Marmara Sea road at the back of Topkapi Palace you would have seen remnants of ruins of Istanbul's 5th Century "the lost palace of Istanbul" of Constantinople's Byzantine rulers.

It used to stand on the Marmara Sea. till the land was reclaimed and a road was built taking it off the coastline. It also in part became a victim due to railway construction ..

The Istanbul Municipality at present is restoring the once neglected Palace in part to its former glory

Boukoleon Palace, its name is derived from the stone statues that once stood at the entrance of a bull and lion.

The palace itself was part of a greater complex, stretching from the city’s north to its south, and included a Grand Palace, a structure that used to stand somewhere between today’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Several kiosks, churches, cisterns, and other residential structures for the Byzantine elite were also located in the area.

The bull statue has been lost to the annals of time, but the lion statue has been recovered and now casts its gaze over visitors to Istanbul's Museum of Archaeology.

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The Istanbul Municipality is restoring the once neglected Palace to part of its former glory

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In its heyday when Istanbul was Constantinople



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This was it in the 1950's before they made the coast road to Bakirkoy

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Before the start of the Renovation.

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simply stunning , thanks
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Many people when visiting Izmir forget to see and travel in the Asansör which Dates back to 1907, originally built to connect two neighborhoods that were separated by a steep, rocky cliff.

It still retains much of its retro appearance, though with the modern restoration in 1985 it now runs on electricity instead of steam. It was built by wealthy Jewish businessman Nesim Levi Bayraklı

At the top is a spectacular view of the city from a nice little rooftop cafe you used to pay for a ticket but now free

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