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Kocaeli News

Photo Essay: Ancient Turkish towers Special

Izmit - You can find surprising things in Turkey, such as ancient walls and towers next to a modern restaurant with a bustling city view.

Kar Tepe mountain, Turkey Special

Located within driving distance for Istanbul skiers, Kar Tepe mountain in Kocaeli, Turkey offers a five-star hotel, ski resort, evergreen forests, and charming cafes dotted along the road leading to the summit.

Photo Essay: Kocaeli, Turkey Special

Kocaeli - Kocaeli is a province in northwest Turkey that borders on the Marmara Sea in the south and the Black Sea in the north. In between are industrial cities, rolling green hills, farms, and charming seaside villages.

Photo Essay: A stormy day at Turkey's Black Sea Special

Kandira - Turkey's long northern border with the Black Sea witnesses many storms. At Kandira, pink rocks line a cliffy shore with offshore islands and sheltered bays. Explore this place on one stormy day.

Photo Essay: Izmit archaeology museum & train station Special

Izmit - A small museum in Izmit, Turkey, not far from Istanbul, features amazing exhibits of Roman, Greek, Byzantium, and Ottoman architecture, statues, burial markers, artifacts, and even gold leaf jewelry.

Photo Essay: Archaeology opportunity in Turkey Special

Izmit - Turkey is an archaeologist's dream. Not only does it offer amazing Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman ruins, it also offers yet un-explored sites for those interested in archaeology.

Death plot against Turkish pastor foiled Special

Istanbul - Last week a plot to assassinate a Turkish Christian pastor near Istanbul was foiled by the Turkish anti-terrorist police.

Photo Essay: Shops in Turkey Special

You can find the most interesting and unique shops in Turkey. From Istanbul in the north to Antalya in the south, browse through displays of spice, tea, gold, sweets, vegetables, pottery, glassware, clothes, and surprising things you can't even name.

Political Change in Turkey Special

After years of maintaining control in Turkey, Islamist Ak Party Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces student protests and speaks about stepping down.

Photo Essay: Places in Turkey Special

For nearly two years I have lived in Turkey and traveled from the north to the west to the south, taking unusual photos: a palace in Istanbul, a ferry at Izmir, a Black Sea storm, a castle by the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy my favorite places in Turkey.

Photo Essay: Faces of Turkey Special

Istanbul - For almost two years I have lived and taught English in Turkey. I traveled from the north to the west to the south, taking photos of people I met, both friends and strangers. From children to students to older people, these are the faces of Turkey.
 

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Islamist Turkish men hold up signs and four fingers for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria.
Islamist Turkish men hold up signs and four fingers for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria.
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Hadrian s castle by the Marmara Sea
Hadrian's castle by the Marmara Sea
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A display in the gallery shows a map of Nicomedia  copies of Roman busts found in the site  and phot...
A display in the gallery shows a map of Nicomedia, copies of Roman busts found in the site, and photos of Emperor Diocletian's underground tunnel that still stands beneath Izmit streets
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Union protesters march peacefully through downtown Izmit  near Istanbul
Union protesters march peacefully through downtown Izmit, near Istanbul
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A park cafe
A park cafe
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Muslim boys join the rally in a park to support Muslims in Egypt and Syria
Muslim boys join the rally in a park to support Muslims in Egypt and Syria
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A gypsy woman requests help to sell her vegetables when her streetside marketplace was closed
A gypsy woman requests help to sell her vegetables when her streetside marketplace was closed
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Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
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We stopped at a quaint cabin cafe near the ski lifts.
We stopped at a quaint cabin cafe near the ski lifts.
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A sweet shop that specializes in baklava  which the Turks invented  not the Greeks
A sweet shop that specializes in baklava, which the Turks invented, not the Greeks
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The modest building of the Izmit Protestant Church
The modest building of the Izmit Protestant Church
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An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
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Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
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The alpine-like cafe at Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
The alpine-like cafe at Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
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From Kocaeli University  located on hills above Izmit  you can see distant Kar Tepe mountain.
From Kocaeli University, located on hills above Izmit, you can see distant Kar Tepe mountain.
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The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found  in Greek  about the Christians killed ...
The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found, in Greek, about the Christians killed in Nicomedia in the Fourth Century A.D.
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Seka Park
Seka Park
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and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
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One of the many gold markets.  Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married  and guests g...
One of the many gold markets. Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married, and guests give gold coins.
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A seaside cafe
A seaside cafe
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