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.
The village of Yörükköyü becomes something of a tourist destination in the summertime, with its old Ottoman architecture and lazy mountainside setting, but when I walked through in January it was like a ghost town. I found this pewter drinking cup hanging on a stone çeşme, or fountain, like those to be found throughout Turkey’s villages and largest cities.