The Marble Forest of the Basilica Cistern

Southwest of the iconic Hagia Sophia, stands an underground marble forest. Built by 7,000 slaves, the Basilica Cistern is an amazing architectural system that supported the great palace and its surrounding buildings. The Basilica Cistern was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century to act as a water infrastructure system

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Monthly Muse- Shoebill, Feathered Statue

Muse (n.) a source of inspiration. To think about something carefully and thoroughly. With a monstrous sized bill, intimidating height and a stare that could pierce the soul, the shoebill has become one of favorite birds. Monthly Muse: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) Found in the swamps of central Africa, the shoebill has a typical height of

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North Carolina- From to Sea to Mountain

From 301 miles of coastline at the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Banks to a mountainous landscape to the western portion of the state, North Carolina located in the southeast region of the United States has a luxury of multiple geographic landscapes. Experience Firsts That Last in North Carolina –Visit NC website The “Tarheel State”

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