Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Bhutanese believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space... Paro, Bhutan.
(See also my other account with photos from Indonesia: @angesvdl)
Когда я жила с родителями, у нас была традиция - каждую весну собирать степные тюльпаны. Этот мощный приторно-сладкий запах , наполняющий в течение минут всю комнату, доставляет такое удовольствие. 🌷🌹💐 Lale or Laleh, is a Persian word meaning Tulip.
Although it’s not known when the Galata Tower was exactly built, it is commonly agreed that the tower took life during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian around 507 CE. Back then, the tower was known as the ‘Christea Turris,’ or the Tower of Christ, by the Genoese, while the Byzantines referred to it as the ‘Megalos Pyrgos,’ or the Great Tower. But it was during the Genoese period the tower took on its current shape, when the Galata neighborhood was inhabited by the colonies of the Republic of Genoa, which served as a series of economic and trade posts in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
In 1509, the tower was heavily damaged due to an earthquake but was restored by the famous Ottoman architect. It was used as a prison , by the end of the 16th century, an observatory was added at the very top.