Bathonea, on the shores of a lagoon in Istanbul, was once a bustling port city, home to Hittites, Mycenaeans, Alasians, Byzantians, Vikings and the Ottomans. TRT World talks to Kocaeli University’s Sengul Aydingun, the head of the excavation team.
Some analysts see a connection between today's Islamophobia and the toxic Serbian nationalism of the 1990s, which sought to erase the Muslim Bosnian presence in the Balkans.
Muslim Caliphs almost always wanted to keep the holy relics of Prophet Mohammed close to where they ruled. In the end, the Ottoman rulers brought them to Istanbul, where the Turkish government safeguards them in the historic Topkapi Palace.
In the ancient Mostar town, jumping or diving from the 24-metre-high bridge built by Ottomans across Neretva river is a test of courage. Organisers say the competition was 452nd.
Athens is one of the cradles of civilisation. But the Greek city has still not provided a place of worship for one of the world's most practised religions.
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