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For 1000 Years, the Aya Sofya in Istanbul, Turkey  was the world’s largest church….

For 1000 Years, the Aya Sofya in Istanbul, Turkey was the world’s largest church….

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Mainly because I’d played a lot of Civilization, the name I knew this monumental building by was the Hagia Sophia. In fact, that’s the Greek name. The Turkish call it Aya Sophia. The Romans who built it called it Sancta Sophia in…

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10 Incredible Things to See in the Louvre – Cultural Travel

10 Incredible Things to See in the Louvre – Cultural Travel

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With massive mazes of corridors spread through eight cultural departments including decorative arts, antiquities, sculptures and paintings. You could spend a lifetime there and that doesn’t even include the huge line.

Meeting Marzipan Men and Hanseatic Sailors in Lübeck, Germany

Meeting Marzipan Men and Hanseatic Sailors in Lübeck, Germany

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Designated a free imperial city in 1226, it became the capital of the Hanseatic League, a powerful confederation of 200 city-states banded together against pirates and warring nations to protect their trade in the Baltic.

Sheet Music & Toilet Seat Art – 13 of Bologna’s Offbeat Museums

Sheet Music & Toilet Seat Art – 13 of Bologna’s Offbeat Museums

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when I began lifting the lids to see the symbols painted under them, a very upset guard began yelling at me in Italian and then followed me the rest of the way through the museum – my contention is that there was art under the seats, so obviously the artist intended it to be seen!

Bologna, Italy – Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Bologna, Italy – Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

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The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is a destination for pilgrims from all over the world and while I was in Bologna primarily to worship the food and architecture, I decided to make the trek to the magnificent sanctuary which sits atop the Guardia Hill and serves as the most prominent landmark in the beautiful city of Bologna.

Ferrara, Italy – From Castello Estense to Cappellacci di Zucca

Ferrara, Italy – From Castello Estense to Cappellacci di Zucca

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Ferrara, Italy is well off the beaten path of most visitor’s travel plans when they come to Italy – and that contributes to exactly why you should take the time to stop in this charming cobble-stoned Northern Italian town.

Perfect Turkish Holiday – 5 Awesome Days

Perfect Turkish Holiday – 5 Awesome Days

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If you want to get away for the holidays and really enjoy something special, here’s a tour you should consider – 5 days of Awesomeness in Turkey.

What’s the best tour in Turkey?

What’s the best tour in Turkey?

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The legacies of the Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Christian apostles, Byzantines, Ottoman Turks & the other civilizations that have called this land home have made Turkey into a vast outdoor museum full of beautiful, intriguing sites.