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…

Roman Findings: Metro House, Amasra Sea Ruins

Credit: MiBACT.TV   The ever exciting digging under Roman soil to expand their metro system has this time yielded an amazing house. They believe the house belonged to a Roman commander due to its proximity to a nearby barracks. It has plenty of mosaics and decorated walls, 14 rooms, a bathhouse and under floor heating…

Restaurant Dog

This little guy likes to hang around a restaurant and is a great little dog.  For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com   For all your random articles go to Trovian Square and check out my other pages for excellent content on science, technology, history and more!       The best way to support…

Roman Findings: Beit Shemesh Monastery, 1,000 Doliche Seals

Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel   A Byzantine monastery was discovered during construction in Ramat Beit Shemesh outside Jerusalem. Among the findings were mosaic floors decorated with birds and pomegranates, stone walls, bases of marble pillars decorated with crosses, a bronze cross and ceramic oil lamps. The finds from the next excavation were much…

Historic Findings: Seljuk Tablets

nejron / 123RF Stock Photo   This has been a great month or so for finding Seljuk tablets. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the Seljuks or Seljuqs were a Turkish Persianate (they thought Persia was cool so they adopted some of their culture) society which emerged from Central Asia to conquer a large amount…

Roman Findings: Caesarea Mosaic, Roman Boxing

Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel In the Caesarea National Park in northern Israel a large mosaic was discovered which dated to the 2nd – 3rd century CE. Caesarea is an old Roman city which has been the site for amazing discovery after discovery for years. The mosaic was Roman but also had Greek inscriptions…

Ormanpark Peacocks

This beautiful peacock was at a zoo (basically a few cages) in Ormanpark, a park located in Adapazarı, the capital of the Sakarya Province in Turkey.  For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com   For all your random articles go to Trovian Square and check out my other pages for excellent content on science, technology,…

Historic Findings: Turkic Khaganate

nejron / 123RF Stock Photo   A Turkic monument was discovered in eastern Mongolia, consisting of a stone sarcophagus at the center surrounded by 14 stone pillars each bearing inscriptions called tamga. The ruins were dated to the 8th century during the Second Turkic Khaganate, an alliance of nomadic clans under a Khagan located in…

See No Evil, Hoot No Evil

I found this take on the three monkeys in a Turkish store called Paşabahçe. For a little reference, Turkish people like owls.   For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com   For all your random articles go to Trovian Square and check out my other pages for excellent content on science, technology, history and more!    …

A View of the Bosphorus

For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com This was taken in the north of Beşiktaş on a very nice day.   For all your random articles go to Trovian Square and check out my other pages for excellent content on science, technology, history and more!       The best way to support this website…

Tree Dog

I found this dog under a tree. I don’t really know what else to say about that.    For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com   For all your random articles go to Trovian Square and check out my other pages for excellent content on science, technology, history and more!       The best…

Koru, Maşukiye

I visited the Koru Restaurant a year ago and had a fairly good time but was impressed with the architecture used for a restaurant I never would have noticed.  Tucked back into the forested areas and hills west of Lake Sapanca (pronounced Sapanja with the a’s spoken as ah) it serves a fairly typical menu. …