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Turkish Reflections

Saturday, 8/ 4/ 2007 10:43 a.m.

-17 °C

I can’t believe my trip to Turkey is over. More than six months of planning, reading and anticipation and finally it has come to fruition! Truly a dream come true.

My trip to turkey was an experience of a life time. It was heavenly to walk on the streets of Turkey especially in Istanbul with my husband Sanjay and six wonderful teachers. There was never a dull moment. Turkey is a mixture of east and west—with monuments and palaces from antiquities, Turkish flags hoisted almost everywhere, mosques on every street corner, food stalls and bazaars all over and good looking men, women and children. I found prayer callings from the mosques serene and beautiful. It almost made even non-Muslims stop and pray.

Ever since I have returned from Turkey, people have been asking me a very difficult question—what was your favorite spot in Turkey?
Several great spots have crossed my mind when answering this question such as Blue Mosque, Turkish Baths, theater at Aspendos, Troy, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Alexander’s Sarcophagus at Istanbul Archaeological Museum. I would have to say that my favorite spot is the most beautifully preserved Roman theater in Aspendos built in around AD162 by the architect Zeno. It was mind-boggling to see such a huge theater with a capacity of 12,000 spectators with 40 rows of marble seats in circular rows. The most impressive part was the man-made acoustics created by three walls—one in the front behind the stage called Skene and two on the sides. This theater is used even today for concerts. It is so interesting to see that a theater built in the 162 century A.D. is still hosting sold-out events to this day. Magnificent!
Prema Deshmukh
Penn Museum

Posted by wacphila 07:38

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