As the western Roman Empire shrank, its eastern capital flourished in Constantinople. Named for the emperor Constantine, it endured for centuries as the capitol of the Byzantine Empire. Next came the Ottomans who brought Islam to Turkey and ruled until the end of World War I.
This history has endured in the monuments of Istanbul and the frescoes of cave churches in Cappadocia. On a recent visit I explored both of these places and came away with with a better understanding of Turkey’s historic legacy and perhaps some insight into its contemporary challenges. All along, I was enchanted by the friendliness of the people, the richness of the culture and the beauty of the land.
Below are links to images that I hope capture some of the spirit of Turkey today. It is a prosperous, proud country that is not without challenges. But change and challenge are hardly new in this ancient land.