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... old mansions with tall arched windows and a bustling bazaar. Kept a little separate from this old city is the new one with dozens on new highrise apartment blocks for an exploding population.
Hasankeyf is a small town nestled in the valley of the Tigres River with sheer rock cliffs above that are honeycombed with cave dwellings. The town will be flooded when a very large new dam is complete but you would never know as you drive through. Everyone seems to ...
... y.php There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia and the widest one is Kaymakli underground city, while the deepest is the Derinkuyu Underground City. Christians used the cities to hide from Roman Doldiers, who persecuted them. If there’s one thing we know the ancient Cappadocians valued, it was their pigeons. Throughout Cappadocia, but especially in one particular ...
... to do this blog that doesn't worry me. We did break up the journey through Central Turkey by stopping at a museum in Konya devoted to the Whirling Dervishes sect. At the Museum in Konya we saw the cells where the Devishes used to live in what is like a monastery built in the 15th century devoted to the Islamic religion and as such this place is a centre where people from all over Turkey like to visit. ...
... converting the old mansions into hotels.
After World War I and the Turkish Revolution there was a population exchange. The Turkish and Greek governments agreed to repatriate citizens to their country of origin. One million Turks in Greece and 1.5 million Greeks in Turkey switched places. While the governments thought this was a good idea - our guide said it was more the desire of the Greeks -- it was awful for the families and communities. In very short order families had to ...
... built around 300AD as protection from the Arabian assault. We ventured down two or three levels, about 55 metres below ground where there was everything from kitchens, wine cellars, bedrooms, air shafts, toilets, chapels, graveyards and school rooms. It was very dusty, but magnificent and we could only go down 3 story's as cracks are beginning to show in the roofs below this.
Next on the tour was another ancient ruin of ...