Kayakoy, in the Mediterranean hills of southwest Turkey, was populated until the first part of the 20th century, when changing world events saw all Greeks depart for the western side of the Aegean Sea. Greek settlements like Kayakoy became ghost towns, their religious buildings empty monuments. The Lower Church shown here was built in the 17th century; frescoes of saints and carved crosses preside over crumbling plaster and a congregation long gone.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/10, 1/15 sec. (handheld, 18-200 Canon IS lens @ 18 mm)
This door was found in the village of Guzelyurt, 40 or 50 miles southwest of Avanos, but the similarity to the Avanos door shape is obvious. Behind this orange wall, the back half of the house vanished into a hillside, with all the rooms carved out of the rock that forms Monastery Valley.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-100, f/8, 1/40 sec.
With this post and the next one, I want to highlight a village architectural tradition that’s easy to notice in the Cappadocian villages in central Turkey. This door in the town of Avanos features a typical corner detail that provides great framing for the colorful paints used throughout the town.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/11, 1/160 sec.