FROM HAIKU, MAUI
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Travel along Spine of Europe: Clearing European Continental Chakras of Constantine's and Other Warrior Energies
Epilogue: Sights and Sounds of Constantinople
Visits to Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Serpent Column, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern
Part 1 of 3: Grand Bazaar, Constantine Imperial Palace, Basilica Cistern
CONSTANTINOPLE (Istanbul), Turkey, Oct 11 - The rain that began at the very end of my final clearing ceremony continued all day and all night. It was not until about midday on Oct 11 that it finally stopped. Which gave us a chance to continue our exploration of the ancient city of Constantinople, this time as ordinary tourists.
Our first stop was the Grand Bazaar. It's an extraordinary place with more than 4,000 shops. A keen shopper could easily spend a full day there. We browsed for a couple of hours and ended up buying my Constantine pilgrimage ring and an Anahata necklace, a pair of beautiful Opal earrings for Elizabeth and a Turkish flute, to replace my Peruvian one which gave up the ghost in Delphi (see End of Pilgrimage, Oct 10).
Here's a short video I shot at the Grand Bazaar...
And now, here's also a photo album from that first stop of our tour of the Old Constantinople...
Constantinople Photo Album - Day 2, Grand Bazaar (Oct 11)
To one side of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, one can see the remains of Constantine's Imperial Palace still being excavated. On the other lies the Basilica cistern. It is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey.
Constantine Imperial Palace, Basilica CisternThis cathedral-size cistern is an underground chamber approximately 138 metres (453 ft) by 64.6 metres (212 ft) - about 9,800 square metres (105,000 sq ft) in area - capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres (2,800,000 cu ft) of water. The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns, each 9 metres (30 ft) high, arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns each spaced 4.9 metres (16 ft) apart. The capitals of the columns are mainly Ionic and Corinthian styles, with the exception of a few Doric style with no engravings.
Fifty-two stone steps descend into the entrance of the cistern. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres (13 ft) and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The Basilica Cistern's water came from the Eğrikapı Water Distribution Center in the Belgrade Forest, which lie 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city. It traveled through the 971 metres (3,186 ft)-long Valens (Bozdoğan) Aqueduct, and the 115.45 metres (378.8 ft)-long Mağlova Aqueduct, which was built by the Emperor Justinian.Of special interests are the two Medusa columns (see below). According to popular myth, Medusa was one of the three Gorgons, the terrifying female creatures from Greek Mythology. Legend has it that Medusa, with her hair of snakes, could turn anyone who looked at her into stone, and therefore images of Gorgons were used to protect great buildings. Another version of the story claims that Medusa was the only mortal Gorgon, a beautiful girl with long hair and dark eyes who had long been in love with Perseus, the son of Zeus. Athene, also in love with Perseus, turned Medusa's hair into snakes in a jealous rage. From then on, every person Medusa looked at was petrified. After learning of Medusa's curse, Perseus beheaded her, taking her head to war with him and turning his enemies into stone. It is said that many Byzantium era sword handles and columns were engraved with her head upside down.
TO BE CONTINUED... NEXT GO TO PART 2 - SERPENT COLUMN, BLUE MOSQUE
BACKGROUND & CONTEXT
HAIKU, Maui, Sep 27, 2011 - To understand the full context of this extraordinary journey, a new reader needs to check out and contemplate the following revelations that came to be about Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity and help codify it (see Nicene Creed) into a religion that we still know it today, 1700 years later. The first revelation occurred in late June of this year, at the time of the 40th anniversary of my first wife's death (Betty, who I later intuited was also my first wife Minervina in the Constantine lifetime).
Through a combination of my own intuitions, and that of my Masters-Teachers and other important figures in Constantine's lifetime who are incarnated today, I pieced together this fascinating mosaic of stories (published at my arts and spirituality web site - www.altzar.org ):