Mario Mermella

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Gigantic statue of ancient warrior god Guan Yu completed in Hubei

A leviathan statue of the ancient Chinese warrior god Guan Yu has been completed in Jingzhou city in Hubei province.<p>The statue features over 4,000 strips of bronze and stands at 58 meters tall. The gargantuan god weighs in at a stunning 1,320 tonnes and can be seen holding a huge weapon known as …


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A Hidden Gem in Southeastern Turkey: Visit Şanlıurfa

People say that things happen for a reason.Even as a staunch believer in this notion, a visit to Şanlıurfa – in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of …

This Artist Builds Kinetic Sculptures That Run on Windpower and Evolve Like Living Beings

A traveling exhibit of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s wind-powered Strandbeests (“beach animals”) makes its only West Coast appearance at San Francisco’s …


Laodikya / Hierapolis

If You Love Maps, This Blog Is for You

<i>Authors’ note: All Over the Map has been relocated within National Geographic to the news section: You can also follow us on RSS, or at @mapdragons on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p>There is something magical about maps. They transport you to a place …

International Byzantine Day

On May 11th, in 330 AD, the Emperor Constantine officially consecrated the City of Constantinople as the new Capitol of the Roman Empire. In …

The Shots Seen Round the World: Origins of a Viral Photo

The first photograph I saw by Daniel Etter wasn’t in a magazine or newspaper or even on a website. It was on Twitter. In May 2013, Istanbul was erupting in protests. News of it was dominating social media—and all of a sudden this stunning image of a protestor holding the Turkish flag appeared on my …

The empire the world forgot

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.<p><b>An abandoned city of ghosts</b><br>Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani …

World History

wet street

Pictures of the Week 4.14.16

Welcome To Anatolia

Süleymaniye Mosque

The Blue Mosque

starry night

The Maiden's Tower

Goreme Sunset

Watch: The Theodosian Walls, a Reconstruction

The Land Walls, of which great parts survive, were built between 408 and 413 by the emperor Theodosios II. From the older Constantinian Walls only …

The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World 2017

Pinpointing all of the most beautiful places in the world could take a lifetime, but we think that these 50 otherworldly landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders need to move to the very top of your travel bucket list. This piece was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.<p>Cliffs of …


Maiden's Tower and reflection

Cappadocia Explorer

Ağırlıklı olarak Avrupa'da faaliyet gösteren ve yılda yaklaşık 2 milyon yolcu taşıyan Corendon Airlines'tan 2016 için Kapadokya ve Türkiye tanıtımı. …