Snapshots from Turkey, 22 July - 1 August 2008

Konya (Rumi's tomb) and Cappadocia

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Antalya, Aspendos Konya (Rumi's Tomb) Cappadocia

From Antalya we drove across the Taurus Mountains to Konya.

The mountains were forested with mixed species of conifers.  Picturesque villages perched on the landscape.


Town in province of Antalya

Office of the mayor

Rest stop at mountain pass

 

 

 

City of Konya.

Tomb of Sufi philospher/poet Mevlana Rumi.


Entry to mosque at Rumi's Tomb

Fountain at Rumi's Tomb

Detail of fountain

Mosque and market at Rumi's tomb, in Konya.


Leech vendor

Old fortress at Nevsehir.

 

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Antalya, Aspendos Konya (Rumi's Tomb) Cappadocia

 

 

 

Cappadocia near Göreme.

Landscape is weirdly eroded volcanic ash.

Homes and other structures have been carved into the soft tufa rock, including multi-level underground cities, interconnected by tunnel over many miles, excavated and inhabited at need for defensive purposes.


Underground city

Tourist market near Göreme Open Air Museum, where several medieval churches have been carved into the rock.

Photography is not permitted within the churches.  Follow the links above for some samples of the stunning iconography in these churches.

 


Mallow (Alcea sp.) [identification courtesy Dr. Halil Aydin, Dokuz Eylul University]

Small chapel

Nearby pottery shop

Nearby pottery shop

Souvenir

Cappadocia.

Monastery.

Inside this particular monolith is a monastic cell, fairly spacious, with windows on three sides (one is visible in this picture).  The cell is accessible through a vertical shaft, about 20 inches square, which may be ascended easily by "chimneying" (assisted by conveniently spaced, rounded foot-niches).

According to our guide, this is the "pillar" where St. Simeon Stylites lived for thirty years without ever descending (but most accounts put Simeon on a literal pillar in Syria).

The flowering plant is a mullein (Verbascum sp.).
      [identification courtesy Dr. Halil Aydin, Dokuz Eylul University]


Wildflowers among monoliths
(Anchusa sp.) [identification courtesy Dr. Halil Aydin, Dokuz Eylul University]

View through window from cell shown above.

Window of cell

Another monolith with another cell

View from window facing St. Simeon monolith

View of Ürgüp from balconey of Hotel Elvan, in Cappadocia.

On the clifftop to the left is a Seljuk sultan's tomb.

The shed in right foreground is a chicken coop.


Shop in Ürgüp

Courtyard at Hotel Elvan

Hotel Elvan

Ürgüp
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Antalya, Aspendos Konya (Rumi's Tomb)
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Cappadocia
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