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Asia Minor Collection

Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia, is a region steeped in rich history and cultural significance

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean

Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean
Map of the Aegean Sea in the time of ancient Greece. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century

Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century
Vintage engraving of a Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ancient Greek empire

Ancient Greek empire
Map of ancient Greece and its colonies. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: The Armenian church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van

The Armenian church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, Anatolia, eastern Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet, UNESCO World Heritage site, Istanbul, Turkey Elevated view of Aya Sofya (Sancta Sophia), illuminated at dusk, in Sultanahmet

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Map of the Roman Empire

Map of the Roman Empire
Map showing the extent of the Roman Empire. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Lycian rock tombs, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Lycian rock tombs, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Bodrum Harbour and The Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum, Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey

Bodrum Harbour and The Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum, Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Kalkan, a popular tourist resort, Antalya Province, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Kalkan, a popular tourist resort, Antalya Province, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Gulets in harbour, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Turkey

Gulets in harbour, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Arab empire, mid-700s

Arab empire, mid-700s
Empire of the Arab Caliphs, middle of the 8th century. Printed color lithograph

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Map of Palestine in the time of Jesus Christ

Map of Palestine in the time of Jesus Christ
Vintage engraving of Map of Palestine in the time of Jesus Christ

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Patara beach, near Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey

Patara beach, near Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Lycian tombs of Dalyan with fishing and tourists boats below, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey

Lycian tombs of Dalyan with fishing and tourists boats below, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Mideast map during the Crusades

Mideast map during the Crusades
Map of the Middle East at the time of the Crusades. Printed color lithograph

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Seljuk Turks defeated at Dorylaeum, First Crusade

Seljuk Turks defeated at Dorylaeum, First Crusade
Crusaders under Godfrey of Bouillon, defeating Muslim forces of Sultan Kilij Arslan at Dorylaeum in Asia Minor, 1097. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: PANC2A-00003

PANC2A-00003
Map of the empire of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia
Map of the ancient Tigris and Euphrates region. Printed color 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Roman Empire, circa 200 AD

Roman Empire, circa 200 AD
Map of the Roman Empire in the third century. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Aerial view of Blue Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach, Oludeniz, near Fethiye, Mediterranean Coast

Aerial view of Blue Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach, Oludeniz, near Fethiye, Mediterranean Coast (Turquoise Coast), Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: View over town and harbour with Gulets, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast

View over town and harbour with Gulets, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Lycian Rock Tombs of Caunos, near Dalyan, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Lycian Rock Tombs of Caunos, near Dalyan, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Lagoon Beach, Olu Deniz, near Fethiye, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Lagoon Beach, Olu Deniz, near Fethiye, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Olu Deniz near Fethiye

Olu Deniz near Fethiye, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Asia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Library of Celsus, Roman ruins of ancient Ephesus, near Kusadasi, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor

Library of Celsus, Roman ruins of ancient Ephesus, near Kusadasi, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Turtle Beach, near Dalyan, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Turtle Beach, near Dalyan, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: GEUR2A-00123

GEUR2A-00123
Russian Cossacks sending a message of scorn to the Turkish army in Constantinople. Printed color halftone reproduction of a painting

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ataturk Caddesi, street sign in Kars, north east Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Ataturk Caddesi, street sign in Kars, north east Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Sausages and local pastrami, Kaysari, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Sausages and local pastrami, Kaysari, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Hot air balloon over the phallic pillars known as fairy chimneys in the valley known as Love

Hot air balloon over the phallic pillars known as fairy chimneys in the valley known as Love Valley near Goreme in Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ataturk statue in the Old Town of Antalya, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Ataturk statue in the Old Town of Antalya, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Snow covered Mount Ararat

Snow covered Mount Ararat, 5165m, said to be the site of the landfall of Noahs Ark, in Armenia, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Fethiye, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Fethiye, Aegean, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Head of Medusa, Didyma, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Head of Medusa, Didyma, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Tractor and fields near Diyarbakir in Kurdistan

Tractor and fields near Diyarbakir in Kurdistan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Taken at the Royal Albert Hall

Taken at the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Whirling Dervishes of Konya, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Traditional construction of gulets at a Bodrum boatyard

Traditional construction of gulets at a Bodrum boatyard, Bodrum, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC

Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC
Bridge of boats built by Xerxes Persian army across the Hellespont to invade Greek territory, 480 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Ancient carved heads of gods on summit of Mount Nemrut

Ancient carved heads of gods on summit of Mount Nemrut, Nemrut Dagi (Nemrut Dag), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Asia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A. D. c1915. Creator: Emery Walker Ltd

Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A. D. c1915. Creator: Emery Walker Ltd
Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A.D. c1915. Map of civilisations in the Middle East during the 10th century: Byzantine, Buwayid Kingdom, Abbasid Caliphate, Kingdom of the Ikhshids

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Kalkan, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey

Kalkan, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Oludeniz beach, Fethiye, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Oludeniz beach, Fethiye, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Armenian girl and Syrian men

Armenian girl and Syrian men
Armenian girl, Druze man, and a man from Damascus. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Crusaders entering Constantinople

Crusaders entering Constantinople
Defeat of Muslim defenders of Constantinople during the Crusades. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Site of Ancient Troy excavated by Schliemann

Site of Ancient Troy excavated by Schliemann
Schliemanns excavation of the acropolis walls of ancient Troy, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Trojan War battle

Trojan War battle
Combat around the body of Patrocles, Trojan War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAsia Minor Collection: Persian Empire about 500 BC

Persian Empire about 500 BC
Map of the Persian Empire under Darius I, with principal satrapies, about 500 BC. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration



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Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia, is a region steeped in rich history and cultural significance. Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it has witnessed the rise and fall of great empires throughout the centuries. In ancient times, Asia Minor was home to various civilizations such as Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean. These city-states flourished with remarkable achievements in art, philosophy, and politics. The remnants of their grandeur can still be seen today through archaeological sites scattered across the land. The Byzantine Empire dominated Asia Minor during the 9th century AD. A map from that era showcases its vast territories encompassing present-day Turkey. This empire left an indelible mark on architecture with iconic structures like Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet in Istanbul – a magnificent testament to Byzantine craftsmanship. Religious heritage is also prominent in Asia Minor. The Armenian church of Holy Cross on Akdamar Island stands proudly amidst Lake Van's serene waters—an architectural gem reflecting Armenia's historical presence in this region. The Roman Empire once extended its dominion over Asia Minor; evidence lies within a map illustrating its expansive reach during circa 200 AD. Bodrum Harbour boasts another reminder of this period—the Castle of St. Peter—a formidable fortress guarding against potential invaders. During the mid-700s, Arab influence swept through parts as they established their own empire. Their impact can still be felt today through cultural elements infused into local traditions and practices. For those seeking natural wonders amidst this historical tapestry, Lycian rock tombs carved into cliffsides near Dalyan offer breathtaking views—a glimpse into ancient burial customs dating back thousands of years. Gulets peacefully docked at Kalkan harbor provide an idyllic scene along Southwest Turkey's Mediterranean coast—inviting visitors to explore picturesque coastal towns along Lycia's enchanting shores. Lastly, Asia Minor holds immense significance in religious history.