A Viking longboat has moored in the Marmara coast as a group of Russian friends recreate the seafaring expeditions of their forefathers. The six friends arrived in Tekirdag, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, after a tour of ports around the Black Sea that began last month. Wearing traditional Viking dress, the sailors disembarked their 15-meter ship to put on a display of folk dancing and sword-fighting. Vikings from Sweden are thought to have settled in modern-day Russia and Ukraine in the 8th and 9th centuries. Known as Rus, they traded along the rivers leading into the Black Sea and came well-established, even serving as bodyguards to Byzantine emperors, when one carved Nordic runes into a parapet in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. One of the travellers, Father Feoktist, said the group is heading for the Adriatic port of Bar in Montenegro.
Vikings arrive on Turkish coast
10 Ağustos 2014 Pazar 00:18