Posts Tagged: Armenian

Copper And Bronze In Cappadocia

Copper and bronze crosses, church keys, irons, and door knockers – some old, some pretending to be old – on display in front of an antique shop in Goreme. Since Turkey is officially a 99.7% Muslim country by population, the presence of so many crosses may seem surprising. These and the keys were likely collected from the many vacant Armenian churches to be found around central Anatolia and farther to the southeast. The large door knockers may have been used on the large houses of the wealthy throughout the area during Ottoman times.

Three Children In Cappadocia

Three Children, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

The village of Derinkuyu in Turkey is known to tourists as the site of one of several underground cities in Cappadocia. The soft volcanic rock in the region was easily carved into caves by residents from Hittite times until the 20th century.

But the rock was also ideal for ornate decorative carving. A large stone Armenian church stands less than a hundred yards from the entrance to Derinkuyu’s underground city, deserted today in the center of a grassy field. When I wandered up to the door on a windy day, these three school children – the oldest still in her blue uniform – came running up, eager to show me the sights, ride their tricycles around me in circles and see how they looked in the back of my camera.

In Turkey, it can be hard to separate yesterday from today.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/100 sec.