While visiting the Galata Tower on a stopover in Istanbul, I saw this little section off to one side. The rows of keys seemed very apt for a tower. Nikon D200 @ ISO 1,000 Sigma 10-20mm @ 11mm 1/125 @ f4.2 ON1 PhotoRAW Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Interesting thing was that I had just finished reading a huge tome on the history of Venice and the tower had featured a bit in there as it had been built by Venice's great rival, Genoa. These two great Italian trading empires, along with Pisa to a lesser extent, all of which really can only be compared to multinational corporations of today, had come to dominate and basically control the once mighty Byzantine Empire as it went through a painfully slow, centuries long period of terminal decline. I can imagine the Genoese must have had cannon able to sink ships pointing out of these windows overlooking the Bosporus. Essentially having a decisive say on who could trade with Constantinople. Unthinkable at the height of the Byzantine Empire but reminiscent of the way large corporations often hold many outwardly powerful states in thrall today. Also interesting is how history has chosen to treat Byzantium as if it was a small short lived inconsequential empire. The only thing most know of it today is that it fell to the Ottomans.