From Kayseri to Cappadocia

 

Turkish truck driver on the road to Kayseri

 

Kayseri is along a historic trade route and is an important city in Anatolian history. It is surrounded by mountains and is important in the history of the Armenian church. We visited the Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, where until the year 373 all Armenian consecrations were held. The city has been inhabited since 3000 BCE and lies along the Great Silk Road.

 

Fluffing wool in preparation for spinning

 

On the way to the Armenian  church, we walked through an old neighborhood. I found that there is often something unexpected happening in these situations, and this time it was the woman sitting on the ground beating a stack of wool freshly sheared from the sheep.

 

Children in Kayseri

 

As people saw us gathering in the street, the children wanted to see the foreigners. They were often eager to be photographed and even brought props, such as two live chickens, to enhance the experience.

 

Five boys and two chickens

 

The church was quite ornate, with lots of handpainted and gold surfaces.

 

Ceiling of the Armenian Church

 

 

Alter at the Armenian Church

 

We also visited the mosque and the town, which is well known for its pastrami production. Every meat vendor has pastrami hanging in the shop, and many local dishes include pastrami and white beans.

 

Praying in the mosque

 

 

Pastrami hanging in the market

 

From Kayseri we travelled on to Cappadocia, famous for its cave dwellings and unusual landscape. It is in some ways similar to southern Utah, with the tufa formations reminding me of the spires in Bryce Canyon, yet they are very different. Dogs roam the landscape and the towns – they seem to exist among the people, yet they don’t appear to belong to anyone. In the morning, hot air balloons rise above the landscape as visitors go for rides to see the area from above.

 

Cappadocia landscape

 

 

Triangle, Cappadocia

 

 

Tufa in Cappadocia

 

 

Full moon in Cappadocia

 

 

Town ramparts, Cappadocia

 

It feels so safe and peaceful here that I make photographs well into the night, wandering the village on the hillside that has been occupied  by humans for thousands of years.

About terryabrams

I photograph the landscape and other subjects that interest me, and travel is an important part of my work. Through my travel photography workshops, I take people to some great locations for photography. I teach full-time at Washtenaw Community College and in the summer I also conduct workshops at the Maine Media Workshops.
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