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Ortahisar means "middle castle," is central among the Cappadocian towns of Goreme, Ürgüp, Üchisar and Nevşehir, and only a few kilometers from the Goreme Open Air Museum. When entering the town, you will notice doors in the rock surfaces on both sides. These doors are the best example of the cool-air storages in Cappadocia. In these natural air-conditioned rooms, lemons and oranges from the Mediterranean region, apples from Nigde, local potatoes, quinces and onions are stored.

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Ortahisar, Nevşehir, Turkey
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"...hikayemi rüzgara bıraktım ve bir daha asla anlatmayacağım ! " #byzantium #birvampirhikayesi #hikaye #rüzgar #asla #story #wind #never #siyah #kızıllık #blondiewoman


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Imperial Cataphract (front line). The genesis of the term is undoubtedly Greek. Kataphraktos (Κατάφρακτος, or various transliterations such as Cataphraktos, Cataphractos, or Katafraktos) is composed of the Greek root words, κατά, a preposition, and φρακτός, "covered, protected", which is interpreted along the lines of "fully armored" or "closed from all sides". The term first appears substantively in Latin, in the writings of Sisennus: "... loricatos, quos cataphractos vocant ...", meaning "... the armored, whom they call cataphract ..." Cataphracts were the "armoured tanks" of their age. The battle tactic that they used was not a full charge, but a steady somewhat fast galloping. Using diamond or triangle formations, they were literally crushing and running over the enemy infantry with the weight of their armor! Their penetrating ability was almost irresistible, opening the way for the rest of the army to rush thru the enemy ranks. Their offensive weapons were lance, a mace called "vardoukion" or "sidiroravdion", sword (with a straight, double edged blade called "Spathion" or with a curved single edged blade called "Paramerion" and sometimes both (!)), a large single edged knife called "Machaira" and sometimes bow and arrows. The historian Byzantinologist John F. Haldon, mentioned that those that were at the front line, may had an extra layer of armor around the horse's torso, so that it would not be harmed by tight spear formations. For 200 years (9th to 11th centuries) these armoured horsemen were the most characteristic unit of the Eastern Roman/Byzantine empire! (or more correct "Vasileia Rhomaion") You can help me continue create more by donating and gaining access to special features at:
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