Category Archives: Turkey

Early Ottoman Constantinople: Assassin’s Creed’s Hippodrome

I’ve played a bit more since the last post and now I’ve travelled around most of Assassin’s Creed Revelations‘ Constantinople, although much of it superficially. When I finished the last post I was headed towards the Hippodrome, and not long … Continue reading

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Early Ottoman Constantinople: Preliminary Thoughts on the ‘Assassin’s Creed Revelations’ Rendition

After Assassin’s Creed II I had no interest in ever picking up another Assassin’s Creed game ever again. Florence and Venice were beautiful, but the gameplay was tiresome and repetitive, and the sci-fi plot is a major irritant to what … Continue reading

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The Church of the Holy Apostles

Visitors to Istanbul today cannot miss Justinian’s enormous Hagia Sophia. What most are likely unaware of is that while the Hagia Sophia was always the main church in Byzantine Constantinople, another church which has disappeared today consistently served as the … Continue reading

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Turkey 2011: Byzantine Heritage in Istanbul II

I’m going to start off with a surprise: the church of St. Theodosia, today the Gul Camii. I was unable to get in and thus have no pictures of the interior, but Van Millingen makes it sound like I am … Continue reading

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Turkey 2011: Byzantine Heritage in Istanbul I

It occurred to me that despite having been back in North America for sixth months, I haven’t really posted anything on my trip. This summer I spent a month in Turkey, primarily visiting late Roman and Byzantine sites, and a … Continue reading

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