Posts Tagged With: Turkey

Souvenirs from Istanbul and Switzerland

My former co-worker just got back from a recruiting trip across Europe. She brought me back some hotel pens and pads. It’s a thing we do. The main gift was from Istanbul. She and another co-worker went shopping at a spice market and decided to get me a red sequined bridal veil and henna coverings. Turkish brides put the veil completely over their heads and tie the marching bags around their hands to cover and protect their henna. So I told her all I need now is the man.

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Postcards from Places I’ve Never Been

I’m lucky enough to have friends and family who think about me when they travel. They bring me back postcards and inspire me to travel to where they have been. The postcards below include China (thanks Kristy), Italy (thanks Veronica and Gayla), Amsterdam (thanks Gayla-even though I’ve technically been here if you count the airport), New Orleans, Poland (thanks Annette), Croatia, Turkey, Australia (thanks Janelle, Megan, Alexis, and Sonja), Switzerland (thanks to my dad), Ile Maurice (thanks Caitlin), Alaska (thanks Gabby), Bali (thanks Janelle and Megan), and many more.

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Gate to Hell Discovered in Turkey

Scientists reportedly discover gate to hell

By Claudine Zap

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. But Italian scientists say that the “Gate to Hell” is the real deal—poisonous vapors and all.

The announcement of the finding of the ruins of Pluto’s Gate (Plutonium in Latin) at an archeology conference in Turkey last month, was recently reported by Discovery News. Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, who has been excavating the ancient Greco-Roman World Heritage Site of Hierapolis for years, led the research team.

D’Andria told Discovery News he used ancient mythology as his guide to locate the legendary portal to the underworld. “We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale’ springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave.”

Scribes like Cicero and the Greek geographer Strabo mentioned the gate to hell as located at the ancient site in Turkey, noted Discovery, but nobody had been able to find it until now.

“Pluto’s Gate” has been documented in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, which noted in its description of ancient Hierapolis, “Adjoining the temple on the SE is the Plutoneion, which constituted the city’s chief claim to fame. It was described by Strabo as an orifice in a ridge of the hillside, in front of which was a fenced enclosure filled with thick mist immediately fatal to any who entered.”

Strabo (64 B.C.- 24 B.C.) wrote, “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”

The portal to the underworld seems just as bad for your health today. The professor said, “We could see the cave’s lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.”

According to Discovery News, the fumes emanated from a cave below the site, which includes ionic columns with inscriptions to Pluto and Kore, gods of the underworld. Also discovered: the remains of a temple, and a pool and stairs placed above the cave. D’Andria is now working on a digital rendering of the site.

Amazingly, this isn’t the first entry to the underworld in the world. In the Karakum Desert, reports the Daily Mail, a fiery pit that’s been lit up for over 40 years has inspired visitors to Derweze in Turkmenistan—and on the Web. Geologists drilling in the area came across a natural gas cavern. Hoping to burn off the gas, they set it on fire. The flames continued to burn, leading locals to dub the site the “door to hell.”

Digital reconstruction of “Pluto’s Gate” (Francesco D’Andria)

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