Well, two of my favorite things to do are to eat and to visit antiquity sites. We recently were on a “Tutku–Mark Wilson” tour visiting the Turkish city of Bodrum. This is ancient Halicarnassus where the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was located.
The local Super Market that we stopped at.
Snacks and Ice Cream are on the way. I can hardly wait!
Wait a minute!! What is this in the back of the store???
Yup, a tomb from the 3rd century B.C.
This tomb had 6 burial chambers and although it was robbed in antiquity, some human bones, amphora, and other pots were found when it was excavated!
Really now, does it get any better than this? Food + Antiquities = Bliss!
As we have traveled in Israel and Turkey we have noticed that many about–to–be–married couples like to have a “photo shoot” at Antiquity Sites! I thought I would share a few images that I have accumulated.
This past January (2017) we visited Laodicea on a beautiful day. A bride and her groom were there as well—and they had their own priorities!
The blushing bride and the happy groom on the “Syrian Street” at Laodicea.
The “Syrian Street” at Laodicea.
Click Here for archaeological images of this street—if you are interested! ;-)!
A bride in the necropolis (city of the dead) of Hierapolis. She did not look too happy—it was an overcast day!@#@!
Bottles on the Chimneys = Marriageable Daughters?
In a village a few miles west of Hierapolis (Turkey) they evidently have the custom (according to our guides) of putting bottles on the chimneys of their houses to show that there are one, or more, daughters that are of marriageable age.
Note the bottles on the chimneys of this house.
It looks like there are two marriageable daughters live in this house.
Sometimes when visiting the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem we encounter some pleasant surprises. On occasions the Church of Saint Catherine’s is prepared for a wedding ceremony.
“I am so excited to be going to the wedding!” In the courtyard of St. Catherine’s Church
“Ooops, I think I need to practice a bit more!”
“See! I am ready!!”
Saint Catherine’s Church Prepared for a Wedding.
After visiting Hierapolis in Turkey (Colossians 4:13) we typically travel east down the Meander Valley to Didyma, Miletus and Priene. Sometimes we have taken a back road that leads through the small village of Sigla. Here they have the custom of placing bottles on the top of their chimneys to announce that there is a daughter in the family who is available for marriage!
Bottles on the chimneys announcing the availability of marriageable daughter in the small village of Sigla!
Another house in the village of Sigla — note the bottles on the two chimneys!