Turkey is acountry that occupies a unique geographic position, lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Throughout its history it has acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents. Turkey is situated at the crossroads of the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East, and eastern Mediterranean. It is among the larger countries of the region in terms of territory and population, and its land area is greater than that of any European state. Nearly all of the country is in Asia, comprising the oblong peninsula of Asia Minor—also known as Anatolia (Anadolu)—and, in the east, part of a …(100 of 22483 words)
The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn’s junction with the Bosphorus. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs.
Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Holy Grand Mosque, and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia, is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul, designed by the Greek geometers Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles.
Canal Istanbul is the largest infrastructure project Turkey has ever seen. It will connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, and fulfill one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s oldest dreams: To provide a new route, beside the Bosporus, for tankers sailing between the two seas, while at the same time boosting Turkey’s revenues. But the controversial project is pitting Turkey’s president against Istanbul’s mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu, and the majority of the city’s citizens. So why is the canal so unpopular? And why does Erdogan want to build it anyway?
Most Beautiful Castles and Palaces in Europe in 8K Ultra HD.
Video timeline: 00:00–00:05 Intro 00:06–00:37 Cochem Castle, Germany 00:38–00:54 Buchlovice Castle, Czech Republic 00:55–01:01 Leeds Castle, England 01:02–01:08 Niedzica Dunajec Castle, Poland 01:09–01:24 Rumeli Hisar Castle, Istanbul, Turkey 01:25–01:44 Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland 01:45–01:56 Torgau castle, Germany 01:57–02:03 Wittenberg, Germany 02:04–02:23 Neuschwanstein, Germany 02:24–02:55 Trakai castle, Lithuania 02:56–03:02 Schloss Belvedere, Vienna, Austria 03:03–03:27 Conwy, North Wales, United Kingdom 03:28–03:35 Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic 03:36–03:46 Chillon Castle, Montreux, Switzerland 03:47–03:57 Segovia Castle, Spain 03:58–04:14 Castle Sigmaringen, Germany 04:15–04:34 Versailles Palace, France 04:35–04:52 Puslovsky Castle, Belarus 04:53–05:08 Alcazaba Fortress, Malaga, Spain 05:09–05:19 Lisbon Fortress, Portugal 05:20–05:42 Tallinn Fortress, Estonia 05:43–05:54 Orava Castle, Slovakia 05:55–06:15 Rundale Palace, Latvia 06:16–06:26 Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg, France 06:27–06:45 Riga Castle, Latvia 06:46–06:54 Swallow’s Nest, Crimea 06:55–07:04 Madrid Palace, Spain 07:05–07:15 Peniscola fortress, Spain 07:16–07:26 Peles Castle, Romania 07:27–07:47 Dracula Castle, Bran, Romania 07:48–08:09 Corvin Castle, Romania 08:10–08:36 Pena Palace, Sintra, Spain 08:37–09:18 Malbork Castle, Poland 09:19–09:30 Lichtenstein Castle, Germany 09:31–09:56 Nesvizh Castle, Belarus 09:57–10:07 Hohenzollern, Germany 10:08–10:17 Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany 10:18–10:27 Schloss Benrath, Dusseldorf, Germany 10:28–10:37 Frombork, Poland 10:38–10:50 Gradara fortress, Italy 10:51–10:59 Bled, Slovenia 11:00–11:08 Tower of London, United Kingdom 11:09–11:15 Buda Castle, Hungary 11:16–11:35 De Haar, Netherlands 11:36–11:54 Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine 11:55–12:05 Vranov Nad Dyji, Czech Republic 12:06–12:22 Ljubljana, Slovenia 12:23–12:34 Buchloc Castle, Czech Republic 12:35–12:45 Salzburg, Austria 12:46–13:05 Pieskowa Skala, Poland 13:06–13:19 Kilarney, Ireland 13:20–13:43 Eilean Donan, United Kingdom 13:44–14:30 Nowy Wisnicz, Poland
Istanbul has no shortage of spectacular hotels, from former sultans’ palaces to intimate boutique properties. The crème de la crème is the Çırağan Palace Kempinski, the oldest remaining part of which was built as Sultan Abdülaziz’s palace in 1871.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” Spend a week there and you’ll begin to understand why. This massive metropolis of 15 million people quite literally bridges Europe and Asia. It has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, from the Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Empire, each of which has left its trace on the city. For this reason, Istanbul is a playground for design lovers, who can gaze upon incredible palaces and mosques, shop for ceramics and textiles in the Grand Bazaar, drink and dine in stylish restaurants and bars, and sleep in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey,[a] is a country straddling Western Asia and Southeast Europe. It shares borders with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; the Black Sea to the north; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Iraq to the southeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea to the south; and the Aegean Sea to the west. Istanbul, the largest city, is the financial centre, and Ankara is the capital. Turks form the vast majority of the nation’s population, and Kurds are the largest minority.
Armed drones are growing in military importance as conflicts around the world have proven the utility of these effective tools of war. Companies in China, Turkey, and Russia, among others, have developed advanced remotely piloted aircraft that can use guided weapons on and off the battlefield.
The widespread use of drones in Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States to target and kill insurgents jump started a new chapter in the history of conflict. These high flying and remotely piloted aircraft could engage targets with impunity while the operators were safely working in a ground control station. Keeping the crews out of danger also made the drones politically cheap to use over dangerous skies.
Now more and more countries are gaining this military capability for their own purposes. “At the moment, we’ve seen over 100 states worldwide using military drones and that number is growing significantly” said Wim Zwijnenburg, Project leader, Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX. “We have over 20 states that are using armed drones in conflicts or outside of armed conflicts.”
Although larger and more complex drones, like the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper are not cheap to develop or operate, smaller drones are becoming more ubiquitous in conflict zones. Limiting the proliferation of these smaller drones, and the ability to weaponize them, is a regulatory nightmare for government agencies around the world.
“Drones are just model airplanes with great sensors on them. And all of these are dual use and have been used in the civilian realm” said Ulrike Franke, a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “And in fact, drones have risen enormously in the civilian realm over the last five to 10 years. And so controlling their export is really difficult.”
From Sydney’s Bondi Beach, to Istanbul’s Bosphorus and the mountains of Caracas in Venezuela, the first supermoon of 2021 has been seen across the globe. A supermoon is a name given to a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth. According at NASA, this year’s super moon has been called a ‘pink’ super moon, as it appears in April and named after an American plant, pink phlox, that blooms in Spring
Ölüdeniz is a resort village on the southwest coast of Turkey. It’s known for the blue lagoon of Ölüdeniz Tabiat Parkı and the wide, white Belcekız Beach. Overlooking the village is Babadağ mountain from where paragliders take to the skies. The Lycian Way is a long-distance marked footpath starting in Ölüdeniz, and has coastal views. To the south, Butterfly Valley is a nature reserve with a secluded bay.