Izmit Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

This is the clock tower in Izmit called the Saat Kulesi (sah-t coup-less-e, this my attempt at phonetic reading). It was constructed at the turn of the 20th century and was one among many constructed across the empire to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, one of the last. It’s just a tower…

Happy New Year!

This was taken in a mall called Zafer Plaza AVM in Bursa, Turkey. AVM stands for Alışveriş Merkezi which in English means “Shopping Center” so it’s basically a mall. Whenever you see AVM, just think mall.   In Turkey, a Muslim majority nation, Christmas is not celebrated. They do however celebrate New Year’s and decorate for…

New History: Roman Sarcophagi

3 Roman sarcophagi were discovered in Izmit, Turkey during construction. As a former capital of the Roman Empire, Izmit has been the center of archaeological artifacts being discovered all the time. Roman Sarcophagi       Patreon Support my site on Patreon for as little as $5, $3 or $1 per month. You contribute to…