Photos from the Turkish leg of our trip — June 16th–24th. We spent time in Istanbul and visiting archeological sites in Southwestern Turkey.

  • Imperial Door entrance to the Nave
  • 1st geometic designs, then Chist Child enthroned, then Caligraphic Medalions in the Nave
  • Notre Dame would fit in here—20 stories high!
  • Mosaic of Mary & the Christ Child
  • Mihrab, points toward Mecca
  • Mimbir, with the top step reserved the Muhammad
  • Alabaster Urn from Pergamon, 2nd Centry B.C.
  • Miracle Column of St. Gregory
  • Six Winged Seraphim
  • Deesis Mosaic—one of the finest
  • Jesus in Deesis Mosaic
  • Empress Zoe, our hotel's namesake
  • Upper Gallery
  • Capital with Monogram
  • EuroCup 2008 1/4 finals— Turkey won in double overtime and revelers finish celebratiing around 4 A.M!
  • Hotel Courtyard where we breakfasted al fresco every morning.
  • Lunch at “Family Cafe”
  • Museum of Archealogy: Alexander Sarcophagus: Alexander on his horse
  • Alexander on Horse
  • The Battle of Issus in 330 B.C.
  • Kind Abdalonymos found in the Sarcophagus
  • Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women, 360 BC
  • Mourning Women 1
  • Pharoh from one of the Sarcophagi
  • Sphynx, looking like Art Deco from the ’20s
  • Art student at work
  • “The Head of a Woman”
  • “Statue of a Young Woman” from ancient Kyme
    • The Head of Kouros, 600 B.C. from the Island of Samos
    • Alexander the Great
    • Caryatid (a support column carved as a woman) found in Magnesia
    • Alexander the Great, 2nd Century BC
    • Drawing statues
    • Soppho
    • Soppho’s Eye
    • Soppho’s Mouth
    • Mythical creatures with serpent legs
    • Potsherds waiting for assembly
    • Face
    • Iznik glazed plate from 1500 AD
    • Selçuk tile
    • Iznik tile
    • “Gold Emproidery”
    • in the museum courtyard
    • Babylonian frieze of a bull
    • 9th Century BC Assyrian King
    • Relief slab from a wall
    • Flying to Izmir
    • Gecedondu housing