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“Kuşadası Has A Rich And Different Story”

Kuşadası is a small settlement founded by the Ionian settlers, and its existence is being known since primeval times.

Kuşadası has a rich and different history. Kuşadası, apart from its history that goes back as early as Bronze Age in the light of the new studies; was called by the name Neapolis, a small settlement founded by the Ionian settlers, and its existence is being known since primeval times.

However, it was always left under the powerful shadow of its neighbor Ephesus. Romans and Byzantines achieved domination in Kuşadası after Hellenistic period. It became significant with the colonies settled by the Venetian and Genoese tradesmen and its trades mercantile port, and took the name Scala Nuova (New Port). The mediaeval records State about the existence of a foreign consulate and a warehouse. The Turkish always preferred to live near the ancient settlement known as Andızkule around Pilavtepe upcountry on the mountain foot.

Ottoman Türk concurred Kusadasi in 1413 after periods of different Selcuk Princes and crusades. The city started to take today’s appearance in the early 17th century as of Öküz Mehmet Pasha’s becoming grand vizier. Öküz Mehmet Pasha constructed city walls and the Mosque complex which is comprised of the mosque, Turkish bath and the inn.

Mother’s Day – Do You Know Where It Originated?

Mother's Day can be linked back to the ancient Greek and Roman time.

Did you know that Mother’s Day can be linked back to the ancient Greek and Roman time? They held festivals to honor the mother goddesses Cybele (Artemis) and Rhea. Fast forward to Europe, where once a major tradition, the celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in lent and was originally seen as a time when women of faith would return to their ‘Mother church’ (their own main local church near home).

Then like everything the tradition shifted away from a religious holiday where children would present their Mother with flowers and other gifts of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

 

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