Here’s another image from America, taken on a hurried personal photo walk through downtown Annapolis, Maryland, just before getting drenched by a thunderstorm. I like it because it has something Turkey doesn’t have – fractional house numbering. In Turkey, when new residences pop up in between old ones, they use the more direct method of coming around and renumbering all the houses. So when you go down a village street, you find doors with a couple of old numbers crossed out and the new one painted on, in a different color. The same thing regularly happens to street numbers, making it all the more impressive that parcel delivery men can ever do their job with the efficiency that they do.
Of course, it helps to remember that “historic” Annapolis is maybe 300 years old, while historic Ankara, for example, dates back at least a couple of millennia. Beauty, heritage and organization – all in the eye of the beholder.
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.