Posts Tagged: Architecture

Sultanahmet Architecture

Norway Lighthouse

Old House With Green Shutters

Church Door in Brick

Priest in Mardin

So Inclined

Houses in Safranbolu

Safranbolu is a city in the northern part of Turkey’s Anatolian region, getting up close to the mountain ranges near the Black Sea. Safranbolu is named after the saffron flowers that grow there, but today it is mostly known for its early 19th-century Ottoman houses that led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Al-Aqsa Mosque Door

Village Door Submerged

This door in the village of Yörük, near Safranbolu, Turkey, seems to hark back to a simpler time, when wood shutters gave character to Ottoman houses and the street was apparently three feet lower than it is now. That entrance today seems a little more interesting than functional. Although I suppose it probably helps deter burglars.

Abandoned Greek Orthodox Church

The village of Livissi entered the 20th century with a population of 2000, almost all of them Greek Orthodox Christians. However, the events leading to the wholesale population exchange of ethnic Greeks and Turks between the two countries’ mainlands completely emptied the village by 1922. Now known as Kayaköy (“Rock Village” in Turkish), it is a vacant ghost town attracting occasional tourists near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

This picture was taken inside the sanctuary of the “Lower Church,” one of two cathedrals built in the village in the late 1800s.