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Düden şelalesi – Duden Waterfalls Antalya (Truly Magnificent!)

This year was my first visit to the Duden waterfalls in Antalya, Turkey. It was truly unexpected as if i had entered a fairy tale such as Alice in Wonderland. The sights are magnificent and the waterfalls are just amazing!

There are many caves surrounding the waterfalls which you can enter. They are much cooler inside. However, they are very low and you are bound to hit your head if you are not careful. The entry is 4 lira per person which is very less to see a paradise! Words cannot describe its beauty- one must see for their self. Pictures definitely do not justify its true magnificence.


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Miniaturists and Art 

As I recall, miniature art dates back to the Medievel ages. Miniature art is a form of art (usually painting, engraving and sculpting) that depicts a certain scene or small figure. 

My favourite type of miniature art is that from the Mughal and ottoman period. Ottoman miniaturist would create artwork making you imagine or see certain situations. Many that I have seen include the wars, dinner with guests, the harem and princesses. This form of art is beautiful in it self and for Sultans, the best miniaturist of the land was required.  

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Master of Architecture… Mimar Sinan!

To list the beautiful structures first… You may have heard of or have seen the following Master Pieces:

Suleymaniye Mosque:  My favourite Camii (Mosque) in Istanbul: As the second largest mosque in Istanbul it is attractive to tourists who visit the city. The construction started in 1550 and finished in 1557. This Mosque was built for Suleyman The Magnificent (An Ottoman Sultan) and here lies Suleyman’s tomb as well has his daughter (Mihrimah Sultan) and his wife (Hurrem Sultan).

Selimiye Mosque: In Erdine, this Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Selim II between 1569 and 1575. Sinan considered this Mosque to be his masterpiece and one of the greatest achievements of Islamic Architecture.

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque: Designed especially for Mihrimah Sultan (Daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent), the construction took place from 1562 to 1565… It is an amazing landmark in Istanbul.

and many others…. I have just named the ones which appealed to me (Not biased!) because all of his work is original and beautiful and there is not one fault in any.

Mimar Sinan himself…

Mimar was the Chief Ottoman Architect. You can imagine the responsibilities and importance he had in this 16th Century. Furthermore, he was also a Civil Engineer for Suleyman the Magnificent, Selim II and Murad III. 

Mimar himself has lived from 1489 to 1588 which is nearly 100 years. Responsible for over 300 projects, he inspired and taught apprentices his skills. Many structures after his death such as the SultanAhmet mosque were designed by his apprentices. Even the Taj Mahal was designed with aid from his apprentice.

Mimar is the most influential Ottoman Architect. His work is loved by millions and tourists love to come and visit structures that were designed by him. He has a high importance in the world of Islamic Architecture. Sinan is buried outside the walls of Suleymaniye Mosque –  one of his favorite and well-known projects.

Click to see Suleymaniye Mosque in Detail

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The fate of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of Henry VII who was famous for having six wives. The fates of the six wives are told by a rhyme : Divorced Beheaded Died, Divorced Beheaded Survived

Now going back to Catherine of Aragon who was initially arranged to marry Henrys older brother Arthur, we find that Arthur passed away soon after marriage therefore leaving Catherine of Aragon as a young widow. Henry began following in love with Catherine and much to his fathers disapproval. After the death of his father, at age 18, he married Catherine of Aragon who was 23 years old at the time. They were madly in love and the only thing the new queen wanted was respect for her self as queen and also an heir to the throne.

Catherine of-course got pregnant and during her first pregnancy had a problem where by the doctor insisted that it was ok and a possible twin may have died. In fact it turned out despite going into confinement, there was no baby and she had an infection.

She did of-course get pregnant again with a baby boy being delivered however, the baby named Henry died 7 weeks after birth due to illness. Henry was staring to get agitated… Catherine did give birth again to a daughter named Mary however it was not the boy that Henry wanted. Because Catherine did not give birth to a living boy, and Henry was infatuated with Anne Boleyn, Henry attempted to annul the marriage to which the pope declined. Henry saw him self as superior even over religious affairs and in 1533 the marriage was declared invalid.