The Blue Aegean Sea…

(Aegean Coast of Turkey, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

I’ve never seen a bluer sea, and I’ve seen many, because if there is one thing that I love is the water…I was born near the water and I’ve always lived in a coastal city or town…but the Aegean Sea is incredibly beautiful.

Here are some shots I took while sailing in Turkish waters…

And areas along the coast heading south from Bodrum, and Bodrum is more or less in the middle of the Turkish Aegean coast, about a one hour flight from Istanbul.

It’s a very relaxing time, the time you spend on the water, and since most of the coastline is composed of coves and small bays, you can anchor and jump in any time of the day or the night that you like…

(Our saiboat, we rented it with friends, for one week, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

When you hire a boat, it comes with a captain, a chef and a first mate. You then purchase everything and anything you wish to eat along the voyage as well as everything and anything you would like to drink. We had a great chef and ate gourmet quality food throughout the seven days of sailing the Turkish Aegean.

It is a very relaxing and refreshing time, a most enjoyable experience. You eat, you drink, you take in the sunshine and the gorgeous waters of that blue, blue Aegean Sea…

I leave you with a little video clip that I made of my trips and journeys in Turkey, a country I know very well, although I should say that I know the western, Aegean coast, because Turkey is a huge country and I know very little of all points east, north or further south…

Turkey, at least some of it…

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God…the Only Reason We Exist…Holy Wisdom…

(Άγια Σοφία, Santa Sofia, Hagia Sophia, photo property of FBC, C.2019 All Rights Reserved)

Built to the glory of God in the year A. D. 360 in Constantinople…it still stands proudly in honour of our Creator…

(photo property of FBC, C.2019 All Rights Reserved)

Haghia Sophia became Ayasofya, a mosque, when the Ottoman Turks invaded and conquered the city in 1453…

But when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk created the modern Republic of Turkey, he closed the mosque, in 1931. In 1935, he reopened Ayasofya as a museum…

Everything was preserved under plaster and a restoration is taking place to bring back the murals and the artwork, especially the sacred icons to Sancta Sophia, the Church of Holy Wisdom. The church was originally known as Ναός τῆς Ἁγίας τοῦ Θεοῦ Σοφίας: or the Church of The Holy Wisdom of God…

(Haghia Sophia, Holy Wisdom, photo property of FBC, C.2019 All Rights Reserved)

Holy wisdom taught the Byzantines to build churches to honour the Holy Spirit, which is God,

And God is the only reason we exist…

Haghia Sophia is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Across from the great church is the “Blue Mosque” the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed, which was constructed from 1609-1617…

(Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, foto property of FBC, C.2019 All Rights Reserved)

C.2019, Valencia, Spain, 30 NOV 2019, Francisco Bravo Cabrera

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Estambul…(primera parte)

(Foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados, All Rights Reserved, C.2019)

Άγια Σοφία, Hagia Sofia, Sancta Sophia o Santa Sabiduría…construida y dedicada en el año A.D. 360. Hasta el 1453 fue la catedral ortodoxa bizantina de Constantinopla…magnifica, imponente, como si quisiera ser imperecedera, como debe serlo la Santa Sabiduría. Esta es, a mi juicio y gusto, la joya más grande y que más brilla en Estambul. Por casi mil años fue la catedral más grande del mundo, pero en el 1520, la catedral de Sevilla fue terminada y le quitó el lugar y hasta hoy es la más grande del mundo…

Constantinopla…Estambul…

La ciudad entre dos continentes…Tiene más de quince millones de habitantes y poco falta decir que es la ciudad más inportante de Turquía…

Sobre una de las siete colinas de la antigua Constantinopla se eleva la gran catedral bizantina…

Pero frente por frente, tiene un templo muy parecido, la mezquita del Sultán Ahmed (en turco, Sultan Ahmet Camii)…

(Mezquita Azul, Foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados, All Rights Reserved, C.2019)

Su fundador fue Ahmed I, que la mandó a construir en 1609 y el sultán rezó en ella en 1617…

(Obelisco de Teodosio, Foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados, All Rights Reserved, C.2019)

Este obelisco egipcio se encuentra en el hipodromo romano de Constantinopla, muy cerca de Hagia Sofia. El obelisco fue construido durante el reinado del faraón Tutmosis III y fue parte del gran templo de Karnak. El emperador romano Teodosio hizo que lo transportaran a Constantinopla donde lo hizo la spina del Hipódromo en el año A.D. 390.

En la primera imagen podéis ver el Bósforo, o sea el mar que separa la parte europea de la parte asiática de Estambul. En la segunda se ve la parte trasera de los jardines donde al fondo esta el Palacio de Topkapı (Topkapı Sarayı en turco), y en la tercera se ve, además del Bósforo, parte de las antiguas murallas marítimas de Constantinopla.

Yo se que hay mucho que contar…pero eso será para la segunda parte…en esta quise concentrarme solo en estos tres grandes monumentos tan importantes y tan bellos…

Así que os dejo con el gusto en la boca…

Adeu…

(Andando por las calles de Estambul…y sí, soy culé)
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