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05/01/09 12:48 PM
(or Hatchepsut, IPA:
meaning, Foremost of Noble Ladies,
was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of
Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most
successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.
When Xena and Gabrielle are wandering in Egypt, the
Hatshepsut shows herself.
Hatshepsut tells her lifestory.
When she was young, she acceded to the throne
instead of her
Upon the death of her father, Hatshepsut
half-brother, Thutmose II.
When Thutmose II died, he left behind only
one son, a young Thutmose III
to succeed him.
With the support of the priest, she had
accepted herself as
She had been pharaoh for 22 years.
Hatshepsut was actually treated Thutmose III
like he was her
own son, but he was very angry for her because Hatshepsut’s step
was mainly peaceful, Hatshepsut led successful military
Her biggest love was Senmut, who was an
To take his revenge, Thutmose killed Senmut
and he had a
plan also for Hatshepsut.
When she was bathing, a delegate’s letter
from the land of
Punt was delivered. They had a good relatiotionship especially of
But infact the letter was not come new from
there. It was an
old letter, taken from the archives and it was a trap.
Hatshepsut looked at the letter. Thutmose III had put a poisonous snake in it
and it bit her.
After she died, Thutmose III acceded to the
throne. He has his
soldiers collect everything related with Hatshepsut.
Hatshepsut says Xena and Gabrielle that,
opened her grave and so that it needs to be closed again by a special
They need to find
that belongs to her and put it in her grave.
Hatshepsut told them that once she had lost a
she was visiting Punt, then they kept her teeth in a box as a
Xena and Gabrielle talk while they are going
When they arrive, they talk with the people
gave them the box.
They go back and put the box in her grave.
Then they read
the writings to complete the ceremony.
So, they give Hatshepsut her freedom.
They leave there.
Right after, another ghost appears in the
pyramide and flies
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Xena and Gabrielle go again to
Punt land.The evil
spirit in other
words – the demon, follows them.(After coming to earth in Egypt, it
look for a body to live in.) It
them. Xena fights back and it goes away when he senses the power she
arrive in Punt, Yakut appears
there as if she were a Punt native girl. She tells them “I know about
approaching here. It finds bodies to live in and gets powerful when he
in places in which darkness, chaos and war prevails”
She says that
“now, it is here in
Punt. Because in this land and in neighbour lands will always be a war
people who have different opinions and believes. I see it in my vision”
“Demon has now captured
a woman. I must send you a place in a future time to save her. It is a
place that people are tested to live in peace there. There you should
find 3 functionaries
of main religions and you should get 3 symbols of these religions. When
ready to come back, I’ll be there.”
She sends Xena
And Gab to Jerusalem
in the future time. When they go there, they try to get information
of the people who live there. People tell them about the history of
lands. They tell them about the wars that have been going on. They say
seek of peace but it is a very hard and complicated issue that has to
with understanding of both sides.
Then they find
functionaries who accept to help them, give them also the holy symbols.
are prayer beads, matzo and chrism. Xena and Gab are ready to go with
symbols and the religious men to make the ceremony. Yakut comes and
all to back time.
They return to
Punt. In Punt
there are also groups of people who have disagreements. Xena tries to
these arguments turn into fights. Then they start the ceremony. The
now stronger and resist to go away. When they try to make it out from
woman’s body, the demon is so greedy that it wants the souls of them
pulls them to the dimension of the demons.
When Xena and
Gab try to get out
of there with the woman, functionaries use their belief to fight back the demons that attack them.
the end, they destroy some of the demons and succeed to get out of
together without getting any harm. The woman is saved.
Yakut sends the
their own time, she thanks Xena and Gab and says them “For this time we
cause we build a brotherhood of believes but there will be many wars as
people persist in not to understand and not to care about each other.
as people behave like that, devil will be closer to them even more than
existed in the time of Ottoman Empire. The wailing wall was also
Ottomans. It was restored by the famous architect
Palestinians wait the
past of the land that belongs to them to be clarified by deed registries
When you first go in
the city of El Halil, you could read the writing that says “This city
to all of us “
We hope that when the
petrol recources in middle east dry up,the peace that existed once
muslim and jewishpeople will be achieved again.
05/20/09 12:29 PM
A man sees a dream. It effekts him and he goes
drink a glass of water.
When he goes in his house, he sees his mother
He remembers the old days.
He says goodbye to her.
He thinks about the future.
At that time, Xena and Gabrielle are having
They spend the night there.
When they fall into asleep, they pass through
Ares says he needs their help.
He says that Apollo wants to get his sword
and his powers.
He says that Apollo is planning to use his
son Evander to
get his will.
"You must get my sword before them."
"I'm sending you there."
Gab asks Xena what would she do if Evander gets the sword.
Xena says "I'm counting on it"
Apollo appears and tells Evander about the
past of Nemesis
"Before twilight, Olympians were having fun
“That day, there were someone amongst us, who
"She was Nemesis. Ares had brought her here
to make her
"Hera had made her a mortal when she refused
"Ares promised to make her a god again, if
she gave her
a son and she accepted."
"After you were born, Ares tried to take you
and didn't keep his promise."
“Discord were a trouble, too.”
"Ares let you go. He thought that you've too
goodness in your heart, like Hercules"
Evander gets angry.
He learns from Apollo, that Ares has lost his
Apollo convinces him that it's his right to
take Ares' sword
and get its powers.
Xena arrives there before them and takes
Evander also arrives there and sees Xena. He
tries to take
the sword from her.
When Xena throws the chakram to make him drop
Apollo shoots an arrow to him and he gets injured.
While Xena is helping Evander, Gab tells him
the things he
needs to know.
"Apollo wants the sword himself but you
should take it
to use the powers for greater good. Nemesis would want that."
Apollo has heard them.
He attacks them.
Evander puts out the fire with his powers.
The vision he saw in his dream has come to
After Xena has talked with Ares, she comes
out and tells Gab
that...she convinced Ares about the sword should belong to his son. That
it would be safe.
Gab says "I don't know why parents behave
like that. He
had to accept him as he was...
Xena: "now, he does."
Gab: "You know my parents didn't want to see
that I was
different from they're expected."
"You are a special person. You know it don't
"Yes I know, but then, I felt brokenhearted."
Evander, who now commands Ares' army, makes a
"Don't expect me to be like my father."
"I believe the need for peace and I'll use my
keep it. If you believe it too, you're welcomed here."
05/28/09 6:50 PM
Fomged Youth Club organizes International Festivals and Cultural Events for twenty years in our country.
"Great Anatolian Meeting of the World Cultures & Youth" will be held during May 13 - 20, 2009 in
"Great Anatolian Meeting" will be organized by the collaboration of Prime Ministry of the General Directorate Youth
and Sports and Fomged. During "Great Anatolian Meeting of the World Cultures & Youth" we are accepting groups from all cities of Turkey and
eighty countries all around the world.
The groups which will participate to "Great Anatolian Meeting" will present their folk dances, handcrafts, visual arts,
The Meeting is going to be held in Ankara at the same time within 27th Youth's Week which will be celebrated all over Turkey.
We aimed to organize a greater and the more extended meeting in our capital this year.
During the meeting week, foods-accommodations and local transportations in Ankara will be provided by the Organization
05/28/09 6:56 PM
Autolicus(hırsızlar kralı) herkülün son zaman taşını da yokettiğine
bizzat şahit olmuştu geçmişte ama malesefki bir tane daha vardır ve
büyük bir hazinenin parçası olarak birini beklemektedir o hazineyi ilk
salmoneus keşfeder ve dostu Autolicusa haber salar tabiki taşı bulan
kişi o olacaktır ve hazinenin koruyucuları tarafından sıkı bir dayak
yemekten de başka bir dostu tarafından kurtarılacaktır peki bu dostu
sonradan onu kurtardığına pişman olacak mıdır izleyip görelim
One day Salmoneous
finds a place with full of treasure. He goes and takes some gold from
he starts to live a comfortable life. Autolycus learns from him how he’s
that Money and he goes there, too.
When he goes, he sees
the exion stone amongst all other treasure. He takes it and feels lucky
one, once more after all this years. After he takes it, some men see his
robbing. They fight and he escapes. When he runs out, Iolaus sees him
with the men. He helps him and beats the guys.
When Autolycus tells
him what’s going on, he activates the stone. They find themselves in
There are two tribes at war. The men from one tribe suppose them both as
enemies and catch them. They see Xena and Gab amongst primitive
When they escape, they use
the stone again. Iolaus is very
angry at Autolycus because of the trouble they get.
This time, they find
themselves in a land of princes and princesses. They see Xena,Hercules,
Joxer amongst the aristocrats. They watch wahat they’re doing, then they
That time they go to ‘wild
west’. Some men take the stone
from Autolycus. They think it is a valuable stone. Before he could get
the men in the town don’t trust him as a stranger and takes him in jail.
who took the stone, take it to their leader,Xena. Iolaus goes to the bar
tries to learn what’s going on. Xena’s gang has been disturbing people
making bank robberies. The ex-sheriff was killed. His assistant, Gab is
People are talking about a new sheriff is about to come to provide the
again. Iolaus learns they keep Autolycus in jail. He goes and finds him.
make a plan to take the stone back.
Iolaus gets inside
and talks with Xena, while he’s distracting her, Autolycus steals the
Then they use it again. The gang leader Xena starts to do preparings for
The exion stone takes
Iolaus and Autolycus to 1990s. The
police has been investigating a kidnapping case. Police(Xena and
Eli)rescues the young girl who has been kidnapped. She is
Gab. The police arrests two men. They are Iolaus and Autolycus because
near where she has found. But after she gave her testimony, they release
and catch the real criminals; Herc and Callisto.
When they use the
exion stone, this time they go to a very far future. They go to the time
the cylon D’anna (you can watch the relation between D’anna and Xena to
episode “stranger from future”) stays in earth. There are also some
like Gab who stay in earth to search for a hope to find a way to be abe
to live in earth. Autolycus and Iolaus are
they are also scientists. Iolaus get sick. They try to make him well.
not enough medicine. They call a spaceship to take him for a proper
While they’re waiting the ship, D’anna also tries to find some medicine
D’anna finds the last medicine and give it to him. He gets well. Then
comes. It is Herc. He takes all of them to the ship, but not D’anna. She
to stay there. Then Iolaus uses the Stone.
This time they
ancient Greek and Iolaus thinks that they’re in the right time that they
come from. But they aren’t. Iolaus sees Gab. Xena was dead. There are
wants to get Xena’s body. Iolaus helps gab to defeat them. They talk and
Iolaus leaves there. They use the stone again. They go to a time that
going to a place to help people and Gab stays behind and waits for her
moment Iolaus and Autolycus are in a very close
and they use the stone again. While they’re passing through another time
Gab is pulled into that too…
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05/30/09 6:22 PM
isteksiz zaman yolcusu
ıolaus ve autolycus binbir zahmetle kendi zamanlarına ulaşırlar ama
yanlarında bir misafir vardır genç gabrielle peki xenaya ne hesap
Iolaus has just
returned from the past time,withAutolycus
and young Gabrielle.The exion Stone that they used to travel in time
now harmed and hasn’t worked anymore.Autolycus has goneto search for
exion Stone.So Iolaus and young Gabrielle go and find Xena and Gab of
Two Gabs meet eachotherand feel very
Xena his history of time travelling with Autolycus .They all try to
what to be done and g oto an inn.
They call Aphrodte.While they arewating for
her.Iolaus tells young Gab,the time he
spent together with Xena and Gab and how they helped eachother in tough
After Aphrodite comes,Iolaus goes.Young
Gabrielle goes near
the bar and asks fora drink.There she meets with a young man.They start
talk.He tells her his story.His name is Murad. He is a gypsy who comes
Anatolia. But he’s been living amongst pirates for a while.Because he
mission.He wants to save the prisoners
who are captured by the pirates.Two of them is his big
sister and her
boyfriend. He continues to tell the story
“My sister is a very attractive gypsy
girl.But she is a
little bit naughty.Once she stole a
watch of a powerful gypsy who loves her and put it into her boyfriend’s
He thought that her boyfriend stole the watchand punished him.Then he
to the Pirates .My sister was very
and she said they had to run .But pirates have captured them both.So I
like a pirate to be amongst him and want to save theprisoners.My firend
Aphrodite tells them that sheis then same
kind ofsik,sos he
cant useher powers properly.
She needs some time to get well.
Gab is watching young Gabrielle talking with
the boy and she
feels that ,sheusedtogive too much attention to romantic relationships.
Young Gabrielle tells them whathe has told
her.He says also
that “when I heard that Xena is here,I wanted to ask for help .The ship
going soon.Would you help me please?
Oh,by the way there is a gypsy amongst
prisoners, who make
good spells.She can send young Gabrielle to the time she belong.”
They all agree to help and before they goto
theship,Young Gabrielle rides and leaves them for a while.When they
find the pirates,they start to
Gabrielle is dressed like she is a gypsy and goes hear to the ship to
Then Piri Reis brings Gab to the ship
secretly.Xena comes to
the ship.too.They save the prisoners.
They go by the gypsies and gointo
youg Gabrielle to the time she belong (with remembering nothing about
Then Xena and Gabgo to middle asiz in Piri
would be a very important captain and make world maps.
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Atilla ve Odin işbirliği içindeler Aresin
güç kaybettiğinden haberdar planlar yapmaktalar .xena Beawolf haber
verir vermez Atilla ile konuşmaya gider ama o çoktan en iyi adamı
tarkanı görevlendirmiştir bile xena ve ekibi bu problemi nasıl aşacaklar
.Atilla zorlu bir rakip hadi bakalım
Attila and Odin cooperate in trading. They use Silk
commerce. They decide to improve their cooperation also in military
and it includes Rome. In Rome, Octavius is ruling.
After their journey with the ship, Xena and
goodbye to Eve. Eve will be in India for a while. While they are
tells Xena that she has difficulties with finding new stories to write
scrolls. Xena says “Gab, we have talked it before. You don’t have to
about us all the time. You also should write about other people’s
They are going on the “Silk Road” and they
meet a chineese
woman. Her boyfriend is uyghur. The couple tell them their love story
they could be together insipite of all
oppositions of both their people. Gabrielle writes their story that is
misery, adventure and love on a scroll.
On their way, they see Morigan fighting with
some men. Then
they go near her and meet. She says “I hate cheats and tricks in
says “It’s good to meet you Morigan, Hercules has mentioned you to me.”
also has told about you” says Morigan. They see Beowulf there. He and
vikings has come there for trading at Odin’s orders. He meets with Morigan.
“Odin has gone to talk with Attila”, says
Beowulf. Xena has
heard of Attila and wants to visit him. When Xena comes in Attila’s
have been talking with Odin and Odin is surprised to see her. Odin gets
and attacks them. While they are fighting, Gab goes near Attila’s tent
and listens them. She learns that they are planning to attack east
Attila is thinking and making plans to
- Byzantium. Odin is also interested and he wants to get his share.
he doesn’t like to see Xena there. They don’t mention her about what
planning to do. Attila sends one of his best men, “Tarkan” to the east
Rome. Xena and Gab follows
Xena is planning to go to Rome to warn them
and she tells Morigan
what’s going on. She wants her not to tell it to Beowulf and asks if she
show some interest in him to keep him away. Morigan accepts it. Anyway,
likes to spend some time with him.
When Xena and Gab arrive, they meet a
She paints and tells them about the past and the future of those land.
tells them that Attila believes her judgement and he doesn’t want east
anymore, cause she has told her that it is not his destiny. So she says
is after Ares’ sword.
Infact Attila has tried to conquer east Rome
before and he
has actually wants to have Ares’ sword. He hasn’t even told it to Odin.
just knows that Attila will try to conquer Rome and he agrees to help
also he knows about the sword too and wants to find it there. Of course
doesn’t speak this with Attila.
At that time, Tarkan is trying to
find the sword. Then he deals with a
stops him. Xena sees Tarkan and the giant. The giant attacks
Tarkan goes to a castle and tries to get info
Vikings come there too and they fight.
Tarkan is deceived by the Roman. He's been
kept as prisoner.
He has to fight with gladiators.
Xena sees Octavius and says: "You must let
Tarkan go or
you'll make Attila an enemy." After they set Tarkan free, he goes to a
cave and Xena follows him. Gab had put a fake sword there.
Garielle had told to a gladiator that Ares'
sword is there,
so he told it to Tarkan.
Gab goes and says Tarkan that it is fake and
he should tell
Attila that he can’t have the sword because it is where it should be and
Ares’ son,who is the new god of war, owns it. Tarkan is convinced and
first postal service in history, which is established by Attila, and
Xena and Gab see and watch the Maiden Tower
for a while. At
that moment, Aphrodite appears. She tells them the sad story of the
there were a maiden girl who is one of her priestesses. She lived in the
She was forbidden to love anyboy, but she fell in love with Leandros.
met secretly everynight in that tower. She was lighting a candle so that
could see the tower and swim towards the tower. But one day she couldn’t
the candle and he couldn’t find his way. He was drowned. When she
the maiden took her own life by jumping into the
Gabrielle is touched by the story. Xena says
“now you have a
lot of story to tell, Gabrielle” and Gab writes it down on a scroll. She
“Xena, whereever we go, we discover amazing history and legends. How
stories they would be, if they were told.”
On their way, they see the fortuneteller
again and say
goodbye to her. After they go she sees the future. She paints the fall
of Constantinople. She sees that,
under the command of Sultan Mehmed
09/27/09 7:46 AM
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler (in Romanian Vlad Ţepeş
pronounced [ˈvlad ˈt͡sepeʃ]), or simply Dracula (c.1431 - December, 1476), was a Wallachian (present-day southern Romania) voivode. His first reign as crown prince took place at age 17, during
the same year of his release from Turkish captivity, in 1448. His main reign took place in 1456 and ended in 1462. His final reign was accomplished with the
aid of the Hungarian throne in 1476 and he ruled until his assassination months later within the same year. Vlad the Impaler is known for the exceedingly cruel
punishment he imposed as ruler of Wallachia; however, the people of Romania
refer to Vlad as a savior to their nation and continue to justify his method of torture as not uncommon for that period in history.
In the English-speaking world, Vlad III is perhaps most commonly known
for inspiring the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
As prince, Vlad maintained an independent policy in relation to the Ottoman Empire and was a defender of Wallachia against Ottoman expansionism.
His Romanian surname "Dracula" means "Son of devil" or "Son of the dragon" ("son of dracul") and is derived from his
father's title, Vlad the Dragon (see Vlad II Dracul); the latter was a member of the Order of the
Dragon, created in Serbia prior to the battle of Kosovo (1389), and re-instituted by Emperor Sigismund in 1408. The word "Dracul" means "the
Devil" in modern Romanian but in Vlad's day also meant "dragon" and derives from the Latin
word "Draco", also meaning "dragon".
The people of Wallachia gave Vlad II the surname "Dracul". His son Vlad III would later use the surname "Drăculea" in several documents.
Through various adaptations ("Draculea", "Drakulya") Vlad III eventually came to be referred to as "Dracula".
His post-mortem moniker of "Ţepeş" ("Impaler") originated in his
preferred method for executing his opponents, impalement, as popularized by medieval Transylvanian pamphlets. In Turkish, he was known as "Kazıklı Voyvoda" (pronounced [kɑzɯkˈɫɯ]) which
means "Impaler Prince". Vlad was referred to as "Dracula" in a number of documents of his times, mainly the Transylvania Saxon pamphlets and "The Annals of
Vlad's father was under considerable political pressure from the Ottoman
sultan. Threatened with invasion, he gave a promise to be the vassal of the sultan and
gave up his two younger sons as hostages so that he would keep his promise. Vlad developed a well-known hatred for Radu and for Mehmed, who would later become
the sultan. According to McNally and Florescu, he also distrusted his own father for trading him to the Turks and betraying the Order of the Dragon's oath
to fight them.
Vlad's father was assassinated in the marshes near Bălteni in December 1447 by rebellious boyars allegedly under the orders of Hungarian regent John Hunyadi.
Vlad's older brother Mircea was also dead at this point, blinded with hot iron
stakes and buried alive by his political enemies at Târgovişte. To protect
their political power in the region, the Ottomans invaded Wallachia and the Sultan put Vlad III on the throne as a puppet ruler. His rule at this time would be
brief; Hunyadi himself invaded Wallachia and ousted him the same year. Vlad fled to Moldavia until October 1451 and was put under the protection of his uncle,
Bogdan was assassinated in 1451 by Petru Aron, and Vlad, taking a gamble, fled to Hungary. Impressed by Vlad's vast knowledge of the mindset and inner workings of the Ottoman
Empire as well as his hatred of the new sultan Mehmed II, Hunyadi pardoned him and took him in as an advisor. Eventually Hunyadi picked Vlad as the Kingdom of Hungary's candidate for the throne
In 1453, the Ottomans, under Sultan Mehmed II took Constantinople after a prolonged siege, putting an end
to the final major Christian presence in the eastern Mediterranean, after which Ottoman influence began to spread from this base through the Carpathians, threatening mainland Europe.
In 1456, Hungary invaded Serbia to drive out the Ottomans, and Vlad III simultaneously
invaded Wallachia with his own contingent. Both campaigns were successful, although Hunyadi died suddenly of the plague. Nevertheless, Vlad was now prince of
his native land.
Vlad III's actions after 1456 are well-documented.
After the death of his grandfather (Mircea the Elder) in 1418, Wallachia had fallen into a somewhat chaotic situation. A constant state of war had led to
rampant crime, falling agricultural production, and the virtual disappearance of trade. Vlad used severe methods to restore order, as he needed an economically
stable country if he was to have any chance against his external enemies.
The early part of Vlad's reign was dominated by the idea of eliminating all possible threats to his power, mainly the rival nobility groups, i.e. the
boyars. This was done mainly by physical elimination, but also by reducing the economic role of the nobility: the key positions in the Prince's Council,
traditionally belonging to the country's greatest boyars, were handed to obscure individuals, some of them of foreign origin, but who manifested loyalty
towards Vlad. For the less important functions, Vlad also ignored the old boyars, preferring to knight and appoint men from the free peasantry. A key
element of the power of the Wallachian nobility was their connections in the Saxon-populated autonomous towns of Transylvania, so Vlad acted against these cities by eliminating their trade privileges in
relation with Wallachia and by organizing raids against them. In 1459, he had several of the German settlers (Saxons) and officials of the Transylvanian city of Kronstadt who were transgressing his authority impaled.
Vlad III was constantly on guard against the adherents of the Dăneşti clan, and some of his raids into Transylvania may have been efforts to capture the
clan's would-be princes. Several members of the clan died at Vlad's hands. Vladislav II of Wallachia was murdered soon after Vlad came to power in 1456. Another Dăneşti prince, suspected to have taken
part in burying his brother Mircea alive, was captured during one of Vlad's forays into Transylvania. Rumors (spread by his enemies) say thousands of
citizens of the town that had sheltered his rival were impaled by Vlad. The captured prince was forced to read his own eulogy while kneeling before an open grave before his execution.
Following family traditions and due to his old hatred towards the Ottomans, Vlad decided to side with the Hungarians. To the end of the 1450s there was once
again talk about a war against the Turks, in which the king of Hungary Matthias Corvinus would play the main role. Knowing this, Vlad stopped paying tribute to the Ottomans in 1459 and around 1460
made a new alliance with Corvinus. This angered the Turks, who attempted to remove him. They failed, however; later in the winter of 1461 to 1462 Vlad crossed
south of the Danube and devastated the area between Serbia and the Black Sea. In Vlad's own words: "I have killed men and women, old and young... 23,884
Turks and Bulgarians without counting those whom we burned alive in their homes or whose heads were not chopped off by our soldiers..."
In response to this, Sultan Mehmed II, the recent conqueror of Constantinople, raised an army of
around 60,000 troops and 30,000 irregulars and in the spring of 1462 headed towards Wallachia. Other estimates for the army include 150,000 by Michael Doukas,
250,000 by Laonicus Chalcond. Mehmed was greeted by the sight of a veritable forest of stakes on which Vlad the Impaler had impaled 20,000 Turkish
prisoners. With his army of 20,000-40,000 men Vlad was unable to
stop the Turks from entering Wallachia and occupying the capital Târgovişte (4 June 1462), so he resorted to guerrilla warfare, constantly organizing small attacks and ambushes on the Turks. The most important of these attacks, The Night Attack, took place on the nights of June 16-17, when Vlad and some of his men allegedly entered the main Turkish camp (wearing
Ottoman disguises) and attempted to assassinate Mehmed. Unable to subdue Vlad, the Turks left the country, leaving Vlad's half-brother, Radu the Handsome, to continue fighting. Despite Vlad achieving military victories, he had alienated himself from the
nobility, which sided with Radu. By August 1462 Radu had struck a deal with the Hungarian Crown. Consequently, Vlad was imprisoned by Matthias Corvinus.
His first wife, whose name is not recorded, died during the siege of his castle in 1462. The Turkish army surrounded Poienari Castle, led by Radu. An archer having seen the shadow of Vlad's wife behind a window, shot an arrow through the
window into Vlad's main quarters, with a message warning him that Radu's army was approaching. McNally and Florescu explain that the archer was one of
Vlad's former servants who sent the warning out of loyalty, despite having converted to Islam to escape enslavement by the Turks. Upon
reading the message, Vlad's wife threw herself from the tower into a tributary of the Argeş River flowing below the castle. According to legend, she remarked that she "would rather have her body rot and be eaten by the
fish of the Argeş than be led into captivity by the Turks". Today, the tributary is called Râul Doamnei (the "Lady's River", also called the Princess's River).
The exact length of Vlad's period of captivity is open to some debate, though indications are that it was from 1462 until 1474. He was able to gradually
win his way back into the graces of Hungary's monarch, and eventually marry a member of the royal family. His second wife, Countess Ilona Szilágyi (a cousin of Matthias), bore him two sons, Vlad Dracula & another son whose name is unknown, who were about ten years old when
he reconquered Wallachia in 1476. Diplomatic correspondence from Buda during the period in
question also seems to support the claim that Vlad's actual period of confinement was relatively short.
The openly pro-Turkish policy of Radu (who was prince of Wallachia during most of Vlad's captivity), was a probable factor in Vlad's rehabilitation.
During his captivity, Vlad also converted to Catholicism, in contrast to his brother who converted to Islam. In the years before his final release in 1474, when he began preparations for the reconquest of Wallachia, Vlad resided with his new wife in
a house in the Hungarian capital.
Vlad and his first wife had at least one child, a son, Mihnea cel Rău, who would rule Wallachia 1508 to 1510. After his first wife's death, Vlad III would not marry again until after his
imprisonment in Hungary in the 1460s. His second wife, Countess Ilona Szilágyi (the cousin of King Matthias of Hungary) bore him two sons, Vlad IV Dracula and another son whose name is unknown. Neither of his
sons by Ilona Szilágyi would succeed him. The unidentified younger son died in 1482 while living with the Bishop of Oradea. Vlad IV Dracula was a claimant to
the Wallachian throne, but never ruled. The Hungarian branch of his descendants married into nobility off and on, but none would ever rule Wallachia. The
Romanian branch of his descendants would continue to rule off and on until 1627, when the last descendant, Alexandru Coconul, would fail to produce an heir.
Vlad Dracula was killed in battle against the Turks near the capital city of Bucharest in 1476. It is said that he was decapitated by the Turks and his head sent to Istanbul where the Sultan had it displayed on a stake as proof that the Impaler was finally dead.
He was reportedly buried at Snagov, an island monastery located near Bucharest. However, it
should be noted that it is unclear who actually killed Vlad Dracula.
And it is also said that his head has been buried somewhere in istanbul.
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Cleopatra Island, located in the Gulf of Gokova, has a unique beach with golden sand and Roman ruins. It is a very special place. It is
said that the soft white sand was brought all the way from the Red Sea shores of Egypt especially for Cleopatra. The beach is heavily protected by the
government to keep it and the ruins safe from any damage.
To reach the island from Marmaris or Icmeler there is a 12 km drive through pinewoods and farmland to the
shores of a small bay where you will be met by Turkish wooden fishing boats that provide the 20-minute boat ride out to the island. You will spend dreamy
hours swimming in crystal clear turquoise water or take a walk inland to discover the small Roman amphitheater, towers and a church. People say that the
soft white sand was brought all the way from Egypt for Anthony and Cleopatra's honeymoon pleasures. This special carbon based sand is very precious and
must be conserved so please shake out your pockets and shoes before leaving the beautiful beach.
Sedir Island, in the Gulf of Gökova, is the ancient site of Cedrai. The remains of buildings surrounded by old city walls on the east of
Sedir Island date back to the Roman and Hellenistic period, and the small amphitheatre is in excellent condition. The Christian Basilica was constructed over
the pedestals of the Apollo Temple, dedicated to Dors. There is an Agora on the west of Sedir with inscriptions suggesting that athletics festivals devoted to
Apollo were organised in the region.
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