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This is a compilation of photos of the beautiful Chora Church (if you’re trying to find it Lonely Planet lists this as its address: Kariye Camii Sokak Edirnekapı) in Istanbul, Turkey. The church is decorated all over with beautiful and intricate mosaics that depict the lives of Mary and Jesus. The church was a little hard for us to find, we took a taxi and we tried multiple times with different drivers, but many didn’t know where we were talking about (which is why I included the address) HOWEVER, it is an incredible little church with fantastic mosaics, and some paintings as well, both of which are fairly well preserved. I recommend a visit to this church, it is definitely one of the more hidden treasures that Istanbul has to offer.

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This is a picture from the Shipwreck exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, in Greece. This exhibit is absolutely amazing, not only is it really well set up, the content is just incredible. I’ve mentioned on here previously that i’m a total archaeology geek, and I have to say, I flipped out a little when I saw this exhibit. I was so impressed by the statues, and their ability to have, at least partially, withstood both time and nature. The craftsmanship is beautiful, but there is another sort of beauty that these statues display, you can really see the effects of the passage of time on them, and despite this they are still magnificent. I also learned a lot from this exhibit, i’m not particularly knowledgeable in the arena of underwater archaeology, so I really enjoyed the amount of information that was provided along with the statues. The exhibit also contains several other marble statues, a large, complete bronze statue of a man, an incomplete bronze statue, amphorae, glass vessels, and some other really cool smaller artifacts that were found along with these larger treasures. The rest of the museum is really great too, I was just particularly struck by the awesomeness of this exhibit.

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These pictures show the Basilica Cistern (the Turkish name is Yerebatan Sarayı) in Istanbul, Turkey. This beautiful underground structure was built by Justinian in 532 C.E., and it’s a really interesting place to visit. Not only is it pretty, but it’s really an amazing architectural feat when you think about how long it’s been standing and how good it looks despite its age. This is a great place to escape the heat on a summer day, and it’s just a really neat place to hang out for a little bit. Not pictured here (but i’ll put it up soon) are some very cool pillars with statues of Medusa’s head supporting them. This is one of the main attractions in Istanbul, and it’s within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Just a heads up, it is a bit dark in here and it tends to be damp, so if you’re planning on visiting have appropriate footwear and be sure to watch your step.

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These pictures were taken at the Louvre in Paris, France. The Louvre is an extraordinarily famous museum, and part of this fame can be attributed to this painting. This painting is particularly famous not only because of the great artistry, but also because it was stolen by a museum employ, and was missing for 2 years, which earned it even greater notoriety. If you are interested about the painting, how it got to the louvre, or how it was stolen, I suggest you look it up before you go, it’s all really interesting!  As you can see, she gets a LOT of visitors, so if you are looking to get a great view, get to the museum early! No matter when you go, there’s bound to be a crowd in this room, and while the painting is small, she is absolutely worth the wait!

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This is the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic. This lovely graffiti wall is a loving memorial to Lennon. People come and leave messages, names, and art. The wall is an awesome group art project, and it’s constantly changing, which is also really cool. This place is really fun, and if you are just looking for a short outing in Prague this is a good place to go. The only thing is, it’s pretty darn hard to find. We heard about it from this wonderful map; the Use It Europe map for Prague (which has a LOT of cool stuff) but we still had trouble finding it. We actually had a local guy help us out, so I suggest if you are looking for this place you should get really specific directions. Also, bring your paint and your pens and contribute to the wall!

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This photograph was taken at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. The museum has a lot of really cool stuff, and this part of the exhibits was particularly cool, and really well set up. The museum is seriously busy though, so get there EARLY! We ran to get our place in line, and we probably waited 20 minutes at least. Plus, when you beat the crowds a bit you have more time to look at the exhibits for as long as you like. Another suggestion, eat before you go! We ate there, but the food was kinda pricey (as per usual with museum shops and restaurants)

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