Tag Archives: Bosphorus

The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

A very busy time at work of late has mean that I have not been able to keep up with the blog as well as I would have liked. To cap it all I go away just as the siege … Continue reading

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Weather Eye: explaining bizarre events in the Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, but in 1453 the capital, Constantinople, was under siege from the Ottoman Turks. The inhabitants believed that their city would fall only when the Moon gave a sign — and … Continue reading

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Why ‘Istanbul’?

Few cities in the world compare with İstanbul, so rich in culture and history. What other reason need one give for living here? “But is it safe?” friends at home occasionally ask. “And isn’t the real name Constantinople?” This question … Continue reading

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Move the Navy by Road!

As you know I have been away in Albania and Macedonia trying to walk (part) of the way to Byzantium. I have felt very bad about not posting but there was little time and even less internet access. More on … Continue reading

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A View of Hagia Sophia

I was looking through my photo’s of Istanbul and found these two pictures. One shows the immense size of Hagia Sophia, once the largest building in the world, and built in just five years! The second is a view across the rooftops of Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque. Go on, get away to Istabul! You will not be disappointed with the Queen of Cities. Continue reading

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If Only Constantine Had Employed Urban

The Byzantines called this Rumeli Hisar, or “The castle of Romeland”, which was a pretty good name as it was the medieval equivalent of the Sultan parking his tank on the Emperor’s lawn. Mehmet could do as he pleased and respected no treaties. Continue reading

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