Archaeologists discovered Greek statues of Aphrodite and Dionysus in Anatolia (Turkey)

Archaeologists from Kütahya Dumlupınar University have discovered statues representing Aphrodite and Dionysus in the ancient city of Aizanoi.

Aizanoi was an Ancient Greek city in western Anatolia, located in what is now Çavdarhisar, near Kütahya in present-day Turkey.

Aizanoi has been occupied since the Bronze Age, emerging in the Hellenistic period as an important political and economic centre. In 133 BC, the city was bequeathed to Rome, becoming part of the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana.

Archaeology student discover the statue of Aphrodite

Surviving remains from the period include a well-preserved Temple of Zeus, a theatre-stadium complex, and macellum inscribed with the Price Edict of Diocletian.

Excavations were conducted as part of the Penkalas project, where archaeologists found two heads depicting Aphrodite, an ancient Greek goddess associated with love, lust, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation, and Dionysus, the god of the grape-harvest, wine, of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth.

Previous excavations have uncovered fragments of a statue depicting Hygieia, a goddess of health, cleanliness, and hygiene, which combined with the latest discovery sheds new light on polytheistic worship in Roman times, and suggests the presence of an ancient sculpture workshop in the region.

Archaeologists told GEO: “We know that Aphrodite and Dionysus existed under different names in Roman times. These findings are important to us because they show that the polytheistic culture of ancient Greece existed for a long time without losing its importance in the Roman era. The findings suggest that there may be a sculpture workshop in the region.”

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Τhe top 10 European countries for nature lovers

The tendency of people to return to nature is a fact, especially in recent years. The need to come in direct contact with the natural environment seems more urgent than ever at this time, since due to the pandemic we have been deprived for a long time of nature walks, excursions and our acquaintance with different parts of the world.

Greece is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in the world, with monuments, sights and natural beauty that rank it at the top. However, of course there are other parts of the world that are worth visiting, especially when it comes to natural attractions, natural monuments and landscapes that we all want to see up close.

According to a British survey, during which almost 80,000 nationally protected land areas in Europe were analyzed, the European country with the highest percentage of protected land is Luxembourg. This is a European country where the percentage of protected land is 75.9%. An important element is the fact that Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe (2,586 km2) and hosts only 134 green areas. However, due to the fact that these areas cover 1,963 km2, they gave this country the first place.

The 10 “green” European countries that nature lovers adore

There are of course other European countries, which are admiring for their environmental aesthetics and beauty, “enchanting” every year a very high percentage of visitors. These are the parts of Europe that, on a first visit, captivate tourists and captivate all eyes, thanks to the hidden beauties and heavenly places that exist on their land.

The following countries therefore have the highest percentages of protected nature:

Luxembourg 75.9%

Slovenia 72.1%

Malta 65.1%

Cyprus 55.6%

Liechtenstein 45.5%

Netherlands 44.2%

United Kingdom 36.3%

Austria 33.2%

Poland 32.9%

Germany 31.2%

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Who among us would not like to take a trip to one of these parts of the world, becoming one with the natural environment? Contact with nature is a way of internal reconstruction and general rejuvenation, which is why people often, when experiencing periods of intense stress and anxiety, seek a short escape to nature so that they can regain their balance. The natural environment, in addition to all the beneficial benefits it has for our soul and body, also needs our own care and protection. We must not forget, after all, that the more we need the natural environment, the more we need it. So it is good to take care of it, to love it and to respect it and the easiest way to achieve this is to explore all its beauties.

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Dubai has opened the largest diving pool in the world

Dubai is known for its stunning sights and now, with the opening of Deep Dive Dubai, it can add a world record to its list of achievements. As the deepest swimming pool in the world, Deep Dive Dubai has a “sunken city” at 14 million liters of water.

The amount of water in the pool fills 6 Olympic pools and, with a depth of 60 meters, is four times larger than its nearest competitor. It contains a revealing sunken city for divers to explore, which opens before divers’ eyes as they dive deeper into the pool. The idea is that nature has slowly taken over this forgotten city, with shop windows, houses, cars and electronic games slowly eroding.

Along the way, there are two diving areas that allow divers to relax and chat. This unique feature of Deep Dive Dubai is a dry air area where divers can even remove their equipment and get completely out of the water. Developed as a world-class destination for divers, there are options for everyone. Both beginners and experienced divers can enjoy the experience, and there is also a comprehensive development program for those wishing to improve their skills.

The facility’s director, Jarrod Jablonski, is a world-record cave diver and is proud of Deep Dive Dubai’s commitment to safety and best practices. “From its design, Deep Dive Dubai offers something truly unique for everyone and our team is committed to providing an unforgettable experience, with great service, for everyone, every time,” says Jablonski. “For those looking for a unique experience, Deep Dive Dubai offers a great, safe and controlled environment to learn all about diving. For the experienced members of the diving community (free and not), it is an installation and an experience that is not comparable to any other “.

Deep Dive Dubai also operates as an underwater movie studio, with a multimedia processing room, special background, 56 underwater cameras and the ability to create different conditions with 164 lights placed throughout the pool. And as if that weren’t enough, the exterior of Deep Dive Dubai is just as impressive as its interior. Designed to mimic a giant oyster, the entire building is a commentary on the UAE heritage for diving in search of pearls.

Deep Dive Dubai is open for bookings, and the public can book snorkeling, scuba diving and scuba diving experiences. Here is a short video that reveals how unique the experience is offered to diving enthusiasts.

Tοp 9 beautiful tree tunnels in the world!

Trees are the largest living organisms on earth, they beautify and protect the environment, they offer incredible images in all shades, shelter and shade, while they renew the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Valuable, necessary and irreplaceable, the trees play their own important role on the planet, while those that have lived for centuries in forests and urban environments, forming impressive natural tunnels, are not missing. From German cherries and bamboo to Japan, the most beautiful natural tree tunnels win the impressions.

#1 Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany. In the old town (Altstadt) of Bonn, Germany you will find a number of cherry blossom tunnelled streets such as Heerstraße and Kölnstraße that explode with colour every Spring.
The bloom typically occurs some time in April and when it happens people flock in droves to the picturesque streets. The ornamental Japanese Cherry Blossoms were first planted in the 1980s and they have become a major attraction for the historic city.

#2 Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA

#3 Ginkgo Tree TunnelTokyo, Japan yellow ginkgo tree tunnel at Jingu gaien avanue in autumn with tourist enjoy scenery. Famous attraction in November and December.

#4 Yew Tree Tunnel, United Kingdom. The Yew Tunnel is thought to have been planted by the Dyer Family in the eighteenth century. This glorious fusion of thick tree trunks will live for centuries if looked after properly. Taxus baccata can be old or merely look old – and often defy dating. Experts had been fooled into thinking the half dozen or so that make up Aberglasney’s Yew Tunnel were over 1,000 years old. In 1999 dendrochronology put the trees at just a quarter of that age.

#5 The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland, The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO‘s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a popular tourist attraction

#6 Bamboo Path, Japan, Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists mostly of Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) and consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors. The Ministry of the Environment considers it a part of the soundscape of Japan.
#7 Tunnel of Love, Ukraine, The Tunnel of Love (Ukrainian: Туне́ль Коха́ння, Tunel Kokhannya) is a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, that links it with Orzhiv. It is a railway surrounded by green arches and is three to five kilometers in length. It is known for being a favorite place for couples to take walks.
#8 Jacarandas Walk, South Africa, The Jacarandas Walk is a well-known tourist destination. Pretoria in South Africa is often called “Jacaranda City”, thanks to the miles upon miles of jacaranda trees that line its roads, parks and avenues. These attractive purple flowers can be found around November (peak summer in the southern hemisphere) when the flowers are in full bloom.

#9 Wisteria Tunnel, Japan. Wisteria typically bloom around late April and early May, with slight variations depending on the type of wisteria in bloom.

The top 10 strangest beaches in the world (videos)

#1 Dragon Egg Beach (New Zealand)

The amazing natural landscape of New Zealand has made it a favorite location for shooting fantasy films, as it has not been evaluated that they do not exist anywhere else on earth. Dragon Egg Beach may sound like something out of the Game of Thrones, but it is a real place and a popular tourist destination. The area of ​​Koekohe beach is covered by large, spherical boulders. These boulders were formed 60 years ago from mud, clay and calcite mortars. Initially, the boulders formed underground and thus were not gradually destroyed by the movement of the waves. They have recently emerged on the surface of the sea. The boulders are full of irregular cracks and look like eggs.

#2 Parrotfish Poop (Caribbean)

What could be more romantic than walking hand in hand with your loved one on a sparkling, white, sandy beach? Few people would imagine that this dazzling sand around them is just animal feces. Parrotfish live on reefs and eat coral gnawing. They crush the hard calcium carbonate and when it passes through the digestive tract, it comes out… nice as sand. A parrotfish can produce up to 360 kg of sand each year. Multiply it by thousands of fish and thousands of years and you have these wonderful white beaches.

#3 Glass Beach (California)

Usually, the last thing you want to see on a beach is broken glass. But there are also places that owe their existence to this recklessness of people. Fort Bragg, California, has a beach covered in crystal pebbles sculpted by seawater. The beach is protected and the glass can no longer be removed by visitors.

#4 Shell Beach (Australia)

Looking for beautiful shells on the beach is a good way to spend your time in the summer. At Shell Beach in Australia, however, you have to work hard to find something other than shells. An area of 70 kilometers of coastline is covered by millions of white, tiny shells that reach in many places up to 10 meters deep.

#5 The Disappearing Sea (India)

When the tide is low, beaches become great places to walk, run or play in the sand. In Chandipur, India, twice a day, the sea disappears completely and the sandy beach reaches 5 km. The huge amount of sand is a must for cycling and car tourists. The exposed seabed is also rich in red crabs and other sea creatures, which are “faced” with humans twice a day. The view of the exposed ocean is used to attract tourists to the area. Just make sure you know the tide times so you don’t suddenly find yourself in the sea.

#6 Gulpiyuri (Spain)

The first thing you can say about the word “beach” is that it is located by the sea. Gulpiyuri beach in Spain, on the other hand, is not right next door, but about 100 meters (330 feet) away and is cut off from high cliffs and cliffs. As the tide enters, the sand of this hidden beach is covered by water. The small beach was formed in the last Ice Age and its name means “Water Cycle”. Gulpiyuri is referred to as the smallest beach in the world.

#7 Mosquito Bay (Puerto Rico)

Bioluminescent beaches can be developed almost anywhere. Plankton and algae glow with their own light, which is called bioluminescence. Because they require energy to shine, they only produce light under certain conditions. When these conditions are met, they can illuminate an entire beach. One such is Mosquito Bay Beach in Puerto Rico, where the glare of blue light is striking.

#8 Hot Water Beach (New Zealand)

In New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, people dig in the sand to create their own spa. When the tide comes, one can see the water gushing from the sand. The water is hot, as an underground river is heated by the geothermal heat below.

#9 Black Sand And Chunks Of Ice (Iceland)

Iceland is made up of volcanic rocks, so it has many beaches with their color. Black sand can also be found in many of them. The Glacier Jokulsarlon lagoon is a little different. Here, the black beaches are mixed with pieces of clear shiny ice. The beach may look ancient, but it was only formed in the mid-1930s when the Breioamerkurjokull Glacier collapsed. Pieces of ice come to the beach from this glacier. As the glacier melts, the lagoon continues to grow faster and faster each year.

#10 Hidden Beach (Portugal)

The Algar de Benagil in Portugal is one of the most important highlights of the Algarve coast. As you walk on the rocks you begin to hear the sound of the waves. Approaching, you will find in front of you a hole with the hidden beach. Algar de Benagil is a natural cave created on the rocks by the force of the tides. The hole in the roof of the cave acts as a window that allows daylight to illuminate the secluded sandy beach. The only access to the cave is from the sea.

This is why the Cyprus is the Island of the Saints (videos)

Every kilometer and saint, every corner and church, every mountain peak and monastery. Blessed people! From the 11th century, the Crusaders, Turks and English passed in order, since it is also a crossroads of three continents. Also, its abundant copper in antiquity, put little Cyprus on the map. In fact, Cyprus gave copper its Latin name, cuprum. It was at the end of the Bronze Age, 1600 – 1050 BC, when the Mycenaeans came to Cyprus and integrated with the indigenous population.

“Τhe holy lands of Cyprus were lived and sanctified by apostles (Barnabas, Paul, Mark, Timon), martyrs, (Demetrian, Aristocles, Athanasios, the thirteen martyred monks of the Monastery of Kantara), hierarchs (Heraclius, T Epiphanios Constantias, Ioannis Eleimon, Leontios Neapoleos), saints (the three hundred Alamanni saints), new martyrs (Michael, George, Polydoros, Filoumenos), holy women (Fotou, Zinaida and Filonilla, Mavra etc.)
The presence of the saints during the various periods of the history of Cyprus and its Church, as well as their diverse ecclesiastical, social, cultural and political role, worked positively, directly affecting the life of the people of Cyprus.
The saints were the prayer and hope of the people, either for better days in difficult historical conditions, or for God’s intervention for the afflicted, or for the future eternal hope of salvation, or even for consolation from the various epidemics that erupted from time to time. , such as cholera, locusts, drought, etc. that afflicted the people.” -Dimitriou Kappai, Theologian

So we found on Youtube some amazing videos about the Island of the Saints from the Creator and lover for the archaeological site in Cyprus, Kimonas Markoullis. He has over 450 videos on his YouTube Channel and over 500 more in his schedule to visit and make these videos on the channel as well.

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The ruined church of Saints Sergios and Bacchus near the occupied village of Neta in Karpasia, Famagusta, Cyprus.

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The 10 most creepy abandoned places in the world

The specific ruins, selected by and imagined from a movie, offer a different look at a world without people. Their menacing and mysterious walls inspire a sense of awe we may not have experienced before.

#1 Pripyat, Ukraine

#2 Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

Pripyat, a city of about 50,000 people, was completely abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the area in 1986. Due to the radiation, it has remained untouched since the incident and will remain so for many thousands of years to come. Nature now rules the city in a way that resembles a disaster movie.

#3 The Farm – Lake Seneca, New York

The second largest man-made cavity, Mirny, was built by Stalin to meet the Soviet Union’s need for industrial diamonds. However, further excavation efforts were gradually abandoned when it turned out to be very difficult to continue digging this vast pit.

#4 Willard Asylum – Willard, New York

The hotel is a tangible proof of North Korea’s madness. Work on the 105-story building began just years before the massive plague epidemic hit the country. Abandoned for 16 years, construction resumed in 2008 when it was covered in $ 150 million worth of glass. Foreign visitors report that although the building now looks complete from the outside, most of its interior is still abandoned and unfinished.

#5 Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. Army officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was suspended due to a loss of investment.

#6 Banerman Castle – Polepel Island, New York

#7 Disney Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The owner of Banerman Castle, Francis Banerman VI, built this building as a warehouse when he bought the US military surplus from the war with Spain. After the explosion of about 90 kilograms of ammunition in 1920, most of the castle was destroyed and the rest was abandoned.

#8 The Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakalinaskaya Oblast, Russia

A former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, rumored to have been abandoned to its fate when bacteria found deadly to humans in the surrounding waters.

#9 Abandoned coal mine – France

The castle was originally built by French aristocrats who fled during the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow the authorities to take care of the building. Due to its past, this “haunted” castle remains one of the favorite destinations of ghost hunters.

#10 Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada

Hashima Island used to be rich in coal, with more than 5,000 miners living there. When oil replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel, the settlement was abandoned. Now the once prosperous city is creepily ruined, with the only thing left there being shadows.

“Coronavirus is just the start. Something far worse is coming”, say educator Ed Winters

Those you don’t know who is Ed Winters, Ed Winters is a vegan educator, public speaker and content creator, widely known for his viral debates, speeches, and video essays.

Ed has spoken at over 1/3 of UK universities and at 6 Ivy league colleges, including as a guest lecturer at Harvard University in both 2019 and 2020. He has given speeches across the world, including at the University of Cambridge, EPFL, Google NYC and Google Zürich. In early 2019 he gave two TEDx talks, surpassing a total of 1.8 million views online. His speech “You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again” has over 35 million accumulative views online and has been given to thousands of students across UK universities.

In a 12 month period Ed gave 107 talks to a total of 27,600 people & 33,248 people signed up to go vegan through Ed’s online content.

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Last year Ed Winters make a video that tell us Coronavirus is just the start and something far worse is coming. What actually he mean? What worse is coming than Coronavirus? Just watch the video till the end!!

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