• Hagia Sophia as a Mosque | Khan Academy

    Hagia Sophia as a Mosque | Khan Academy

    As we begin to look at Turkey and its history, art, culture, and people, we see it is a country of constant modification, adaptation and conversion--literally, in the case of the Hagia Sophia. Originally built as a Christian church during the Byzantine Empire, it was converted into a mosque after the takeover of Istanbul (then called Constantinople) by the Ottoman Empire, and eventually was repurposed again into a museum in the 1930s. As you watch this video and begin to think about buildings as living, adaptable things, can you think of other examples of buildings that have been adapted or modified in your city as time progressed? What makes a building worth saving and converting?

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  • Turkey's Geographic Challenge | Stratfor

    Turkey's Geographic Challenge | Stratfor

    Turkey is a country that occupies a unique geographic position and is surrounded by the sea on three sides--the Mediterranean in the south, the Black Sea in the north, the Aegean in the west, and the Marmara Sea in the northwest. Turkey is a very strategic area where European countries meet Asian countries. Throughout its history, it has been a bridge between the two continents. Istanbul is a big city in Turkey with a rich culture and history. Did you know that Istanbul is not the capital city of Turkey? What is the capital city of Turkey? Why is Turkey’s location important?

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  • Culturegrams | Turkey

    Culturegrams | Turkey

    To learn more about the events that shaped a place, it is good to know a little about the place itself, its daily life, history, culture, and customs. How does the life of an average Turkish person compare to your life? What are the predominant religions, language, and cities? Who are the people considered important to Turkish society and why? You'll need your library card number and PIN to access CultureGrams. If you don't have one, you can use your Seattle Public School ID Number as a Library Link. Instructions can be found at spl.org/librarylink

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  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia | UNESCO/NHK

    Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia | UNESCO/NHK

    One of Turkey’s most famous places to visit is Cappadocia. You might have seen some travel pictures of it with hot air balloons flying above these chimney-like rocks? Beneath those high flying air balloons is another secret. People used to live inside these rocks and even underground! In this video, we see how people lived and created spaces in Cappadocia like the Dark Church. They even used the tunnels as a defense against invaders.

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  • Discover the Ancient City of Sagalassos, Turkey | Google Arts & Culture

    Discover the Ancient City of Sagalassos, Turkey | Google Arts & Culture

    The ancient city of Sagalossos in Turkey has stood the test of time as it has been around since 8000 BCE (about 10,000 years ago). Since then, many different people have lived there. Archaeologists are lucky to have found a well preserved city that has such a rich culture for Turkey and they are working together with locals to learn about their cultural past in this ancient city. See how people try to preserve these ancient buildings for the future.

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  • The World’s Largest Intact Ancient Mosaic Opens to the Public in Antakya, Turkey | Colossal

    The World’s Largest Intact Ancient Mosaic Opens to the Public in Antakya, Turkey | Colossal

    History is all around us, sometimes right beneath our feet, literally! In this article you'll learn about an ancient mosiac discovered in Antakya, Turkey that has been preserved and is now available for public viewing. Enjoy the striking images and detailed design of this mosaic. Do some of these motifs look familar? Can you think of contemporary artworks that use similar styles/desgins? Imagine how much we can learn from parts of history we have yet to uncover!

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  • Botched Repair Ruins Priceless Roman Mosaics in Turkey | Artnet

    Botched Repair Ruins Priceless Roman Mosaics in Turkey | Artnet

    Did you know that artworks and cultural artifacts sometimes need to be repaired or conserved? In order for some pieces to be stablized or brought back to what they looked like when the artist first made them, they sometimes need to be cleaned, patched, secured, etc. by a conservator (a highly skilled and educated person that has a deep understanding of the time period, style, history, and material of the objects they are working on). Sometimes though, mistakes are made or the conservator doesn't have enough experience for the job--that's what you'll see in this article. Think about about it means for something to be altered so much that it no longer resembles the original piece. How does that change the intent of the original artist? At what point does the artwork no longer belong to original artist?

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  • Recently Discovered Telegram Reveals Evidence For Armenian Genocide | NPR

    Recently Discovered Telegram Reveals Evidence For Armenian Genocide | NPR

    In this 4 minute audio news piece you’ll hear an historian explain why he thinks he has found a smoking gun, implicating his own government in genocide. Why did the historian want to explore an atrocity committed by his own people? What did he mean when he said, “Democracy in Turkey can’t be achieved until Turkey recognizes its past?” Do you agree with his perspective? Do you think there are aspects of US history that have not been fully recognized? Do you think what he is saying about nations applies to people? Can you see this principle having meaning in your own life?

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  • Sports In Turkey | Turkey Travel Center

    Sports In Turkey | Turkey Travel Center

    Turkey is a country that loves sports and even includes sport in its Constitution. The most popular sport in Turkey is soccer and the country has big clubs and many professional athletes. Istanbul is probably the most passionate soccer city in Turkey, with Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas as the three dominate Turkish soccer teams. What other sports are important in Turkey?

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  • Turkey: Istanbul Crossroads | Music Voyager

    Turkey: Istanbul Crossroads | Music Voyager

    This video introduces Istanbul and the many influences that characterize the city and music made within it. As the name of the video implies, Istanbul is truly a "crossroad" of the many cultures that have made the city their home throughout history. The artists creating music today are inspired by both past and present, creating their own sense of community through the music. "It's almost impossible to separate old and new here in a city where history is everywhere." Can you think of any other cultures that are heavily influenced by multiple cultures?

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