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Croats to rebuild historic Ottoman bridge

Croats to rebuild historic Ottoman bridge

A popular TV series in Croatia on Suleiman the Magnificent has inspired residents in the eastern city of Osijek to rebuild a bridge that the Ottoman Sultan had built in 1526. The show “Muhteşem Yüzyıl”, or Magnificent Century, chronicles the life of the Sultan and the period of Ottoman expansion under his rule, and is […]

Am Kahlenberg: The Sky’s the Limit – Literally

As a Grätzl, the Kahlenberg – the “Bald Mountain” that crowns the Wienerwald on Vienna’s western edge – is like no other.  Of course at 484 metres it’s not really a mountain, even for the English, and laughably not by the standards of the Alps. That’s just Wiener Schmäh – a bit of ironic exaggeration […]

Bonding to Vienna

On visiting Vienna from the U.S. in 2006, Turkish born psychiatrist Vamik Volkan took himself one beautiful Sunday afternoon up to the Kahlenberg, for a pleasant walk in the countryside and the view across the valley. Also out for a stroll that day, were groups of Turks, all ages, families, friends one after another, all […]

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