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Our Guide To Exploring Idyllic Şirince Village

We first introduced ourselves to the wonderfully pretty village of Şirince when we were exploring the ancient city of Ephesus and surrounding archaeological sites way back in 2003. It was supposed to be a day trip from our little pension in the nearby town of Selçuk. But we completely and unexpectedly fell for the place …

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Wandering Around The Houses Of Odunpazarı, Eskişehir’s Eski Şehir

“Eskişehir’s sights do not mount to a great deal and it’s not a place you would want to hang around in for more than a few hours. Fortunately, there are good road and rail connections…” (1) Wow, how quickly things can turn around. You can’t beat an out of date guidebook. This quote is from …

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Fethiye Famous Heads: Yavuz Sultan Selim

We’re now up to number 4 in our series about the identity of the figures important in modern Turkish and Ottoman history; the figures considered significant enough to be made into a bust and fixed atop a marble fountain along Fethiye harbour. Known as the Fethiye heads, they’re a well known landmark and often used …

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Fethiye Famous Heads: Fatih Sultan Mehmet

Fatih Sultan Mehmet is number 3 in our series about the identity of the busts sitting on their marble plinth overlooking Fethiye harbour, otherwise known to us as the Fethiye heads. Previously, we’ve researched Mehmet Akif Ersoy (writer of today’s Turkish National Anthem and instrumental in the beginnings of the Turkish Republic) and we’ve also written about Osman …

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Fethiye Famous Heads – Osman Bey

Last week, we finally kick-started our new series about the ‘Fethiye heads’ with a bit of information about Mehmet Akif Ersoy. Penning the national anthem of the new Republic of Turkey in the early 1920s naturally gave him his prominent position in modern Turkish history. He was there right at the beginning of Turkey as …

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The Fethiye Heads – Who Are They?

Along Fethiye harbour there are numerous bars, restaurants, street gyms and parks. There’s also a monument known to many as the Fethiye heads or more simply, the heads. It’s not that we don’t take notice of the Fethiye heads. We do. They’re a perfect meeting place, ‘We’ll meet you at the heads at 12.’ They’re …

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Ottoman Water Cisterns Of The Muğla Province – A Photo

We found out an interesting piece of history about the Muğla region (Muğla is the area of Turkey stretching from the Bodrum peninsula in the far Southwest to just east of Fethiye) today. We can’t speak for other towns and villages of Muğla but if you know Fethiye, you’ll have probably seen these stone, domed …

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