art in turkey

They appeared in Cyclops Lane.

Walking around Olde Town you notice people with these orange flyers. They seem to be everywhere, the wind carrying them about. They seem to be coming from cyclops lane…

Rayne: “Hey, hey, hey! If it ain’t one of them wizards from Ravenwood! What’s wrong? Haven’t ya ever seen a clown before?”
Lookas: “By the way their gawking I doubt it…they all stare the same way…”
Rayne: “How about we fix that! Here take one of these!”
Lookas: “…we ran outta green paper so we had to use orange, cause blue was too expensive and pink was too bright…it is also very windy…”
Rayne: “Witness first hand the greatest collection of monsters, beasts, and ghouls alike!”
Lookas: “We’re neither of those things…but we’ll be there too…it’s a living”
Rayne: “The first show is in a few days! Tell your friends, family and neighbors!”
Lookas: “…or not. It’s up to you…it’s only a suggestion…”
Rayne: “I’m positive you’ll have the time of your life!”
Lookas: “…especially if you decide to stay…..for the show….”

As the peculiar duo walks away from you. You can’t help but wonder why they each have school symbols on their backs. The short one had a Theurgist symbol, and the tall one a Sorcerer. I guess it’s part of the costumes?

Rayne and Lookas are not only the two main clowns of Cirque du Animaux. They are the Ringleader’s personal assistants. Rayne is obnoxious and loud. She is kept in check by Lookas, who is cautious and gloomy. However when working together on a scheme they can be quite the little terrors.


Theatre of Hierapolis

Hierapolis, Phrygia, Turkey

206 CE

12,000 seats

The theatre at Hierapolis was built in the second century AD under the Roman Emperor Hadrian during a period of extensive rebuilding following a devastating earthquake in 60 AD. It was later renovated under Septimus Severus (193-211 AD). At this time, the scaenae frons was modified and decorated with elaborate limestone and marble carvings. Although the exterior is relatively unassuming as viewed from the front, the interior contains one of Anatolia’s most complete and best-preserved collection of Greco-Roman theatre decorations. In 343 AD the scaenae was renovated and the orchestra was altered so that it could hold aquatic displays. In the later years of the Roman Empire the orchestra was converted into a cellar. Renovation work since 1977 has restored many of the arches and a portion of the stage floor. Prior to this date, the stage as well as its arched support system lay in ruins. Recent archaeological evidence shows that the theatre was in use through the 5th and into the 6th century AD. In 532 AD the scaenae, which had been weakened by seismic activity, was repaired.


Necropolis of Hierapolis

Hierapolis, Phrygia, Turkey

The necropolis is one of the best preserved and extensive of its kind in the world. This city of the dead contains tumuli, sarcophagi and house shaped tombs lying stretched along both sides of the road extending 2km to the north. Most of about the 1200 tombs were constructed with local varieties of limestone. The extent of this necropolis attests again to the importance Hierapolis had in the Antiquity. It is worth taking one’s time to wander amongst the tombs, that date from antiquity to early Christian times, and marvel at the ostentation that these residents of Heirapolis afforded to their tombs. It has a fairyland quality.

The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish), was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. The construction initiated in 1609 and was completed in 1616. The mosque is representative of the Sunni Islam religion, and is one of three mosques in all of Turkey to consist of six minarets.