The peninsular mass that the Asiatic continent projects westward of an imaginary line running from the Gulf of Alexandretta (Issus) on the Mediterranean to the vicinity of Trebizond (Trapezus) on the Black Sea.It is washed by three great seas, the Euxine (Black Sea) on the north, the Mediterranean on the south, and the Ægean on the west.
A former Greek empire occupying much of the southern coast of the Black Sea.
It was founded as an offshoot of the Byzantine Empire in 1204 and retained its autonomy until it was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1461.
The term "Asia" was soon popularized by the Romans for whom it meant only the populous and cultivated western sea-board, organized by them into a province, together with neighbouring territory (Mysia, Lydia, Caria, Phrygia) more or less civilized after the Græco-Roman ideas.
The first writer to use the term Asia Minor is the Christian Orosius (Hist., I, 2, 10), about the year 400.
was an imperial Byzantine residence in the suburb of Blachernae, located in the northwestern section of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey).
The area of the palace is now mostly overbuilt, and only literary sources are available as to its description.
At this time the palace complex became known as the "New Palace".
After the Fourth Crusade, the Latin emperors favoured the Bucoleon Palace, but on the recapture of the city in 1261, the Palaiologan emperors restored the Blachernae complex as their principal residence.
From top to bottom and left to right: Sumela Monastery viewed from across the Altındere valley; Atatürk's House; Lake Uzungöl; Hagia Sophia of Trabzon; Atatürk Square; a general view of the city centre from Boztepe.) is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province.
Trabzon, located on the historical Silk Road, became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Persia in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast.
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