Balat - one of the old traditional neighbourhoods that is being threatened with gentrification

Balat - one of the old traditional neighbourhoods that is being threatened with gentrification

Virgin Mary holding Child Christ, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 12th century

Virgin Mary holding Child Christ, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 12th century

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul. One of the most incredible buildings to stand inside of in the world.

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul. One of the most incredible buildings to stand inside of in the world.

Artemis of Ephesia - bees appear on her legs and at her waist. "The priestesses of historical descendents of the ancient Bee Goddess -- Demeter, Rhea, Cyble -- were called Melissae, the ancient Latin word for bees. The Bible mentions a ruler and prophetess of ancient Israel called Deborah, the "Queen Bee", her priestesses were known as Deborahs as well. Some say that the priestesses of the moon goddess were called bees because 'it was believed that all honey came from the moon, the hive…

Artemis of Ephesia - bees appear on her legs and at her waist. "The priestesses of historical descendents of the ancient Bee Goddess -- Demeter, Rhea, Cyble -- were called Melissae, the ancient Latin word for bees. The Bible mentions a ruler and prophetess of ancient Israel called Deborah, the "Queen Bee", her priestesses were known as Deborahs as well. Some say that the priestesses of the moon goddess were called bees because 'it was believed that all honey came from the moon, the hive…

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