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Harbiye (ancient Daphne) waterfalls in Antakya (Antioch-on-Orontes). On a scorching summer day, you can eat with your feet in the water. When I shot this photo, it was almost dark, with little light under the trees and I did not have a tripod. The result is not so good but I wanted to tell you about this place.

Antakya'nin Harbiyesi. Antik caglardan bu yana sulari (ki simdilerde azaldigi soyleniyor) ile unlu bir sayfiye yeri olmus. Asagisi yaz sicaginda kavrulurken, ayaklar suya ermis, mideler senlenmis.. Buradan cikarilan ve muzede sergilenen mozaikler de antik cagdan kalma yazlik evlerin taban mozaikleri. Cogu buradan cikmis.

Herhalde o caglardan bu yana yenen yiyecekler de pek degismemistir. Mutfaklar ust uste binerek bugunku hallerine geliyorlar. Bir mutfak arastirmacisi buyuk mutfaklarin dogmasi icin o topraklarin imparatorluklar gormesi gerektigini yazmisti. Cok dogru gelmis, kafaya yazmisim bunu. Bizim mutfagimzda da bu dogru degil mi? Antakya yiyecekleri, gulen gozlu insanlari ve mekanlari ile insani mest eden bir sirin diyar. Bahar geliyor, gidesim geldi yine...

Simdi Englishce tarafindan accik reklam tanitim yapalim bilmeyenlere... Turkcesi cok var Internette nasilsa.
This ancient Roman summer resort still survives with many locals and tourists flocking during spring and summer to refreshen and have a good meal in the restaurants. Antakya's local cuisine is incredible. Only that is worth the voyage. I can describe it as a mixture of Turkish and Arabic with the whisper of Mediterranean breeze on top.

There are several local shops that sell silk fabric woven on old style looms. Unearthed mosaics of the ancient city of Daphne are incredible and usually depict scenes that show the Roman wealth and resulting "joie-de-vivre."

About Antakya (from Wikipedia):
Founded near the end of the 4th century BC by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch eventually rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the nearer East and was a cradle of gentile Christianity. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis.

Between 1932 and 1939, archaeological excavations of Antioch were undertaken under the direction of the "Committee for the Excavation of Antioch and Its Vicinity," which was made up of representatives from the Louvre Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, Princeton University, and later (1936) also the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and its affiliate Dumbarton Oaks.

The excavation team failed to find the major buildings they hoped to unearth, including Constantine's Great Octagonal Church or the imperial palace. However, a great accomplishment of the expedition was the discovery of high-quality Roman mosaics from villas and baths in Antioch, Daphne and Selecia. One mosaic includes a border that depicts a walk from Antioch to Daphne, showing many ancient buildings along the way. The mosaics are now displayed in the Hatay Archaeological Museum in Antakya and in the museums of the sponsoring institutions.

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