Posts from a trip Marion and I took to Turkey in May, 2014.
May 16, 2014
Random stretch of beach.
Thıs ıs ın Lycıa. They call thıs stretch the Turquoıse Coast. Hey! Turquoıse! turns out, saıth Wıkıpedıa,
The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey,
Speakıng of whıch, Why does a country have the same name as a holıday feast bırd?
When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl (Numididae). Guineafowl were also known as turkey fowl (or turkey hen and turkey cock) because they were imported to Central Europe through Turkey. The name turkey fowl, shortened to just the name of the country, stuck as the name of the North American bird. In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey into England, was granted a coat of arms including a “turkey-cock in his pride proper”.
See the undotted i ın the prevıous sentence? The turkısh keyboard has a specıal key for that letter, they use the undotted versıon a lot, and ıts ın the place we put our i’s.. Don’t even ask what ıt takes to make the @ sıgn. Stıll havent found quote marks, hence the ıtalıcs above.
Hıstory of Relıgıon 101
May 7, 2014
Obligatory herd of sheep
Sarcophagus/ I think thats Heracles
The story goes that after the crucifixion, Mary went, where else, to Turkey, specifically Ephesus. The apostle John took care of her, Because we were raised to literally worship Mary (and lets just think about that for a minute), we went. The factual basis for this being the house of Mary is pretty thin,
This is not the Post Alley gum wall, and it is not the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It is a place near Mary`s house where
pilgrims tourists write their wishes for Mary`s consideration.
This is Yoruk Ali Efe. We visited the house where he lived. Major figure in the Turkish War of Independence, In this part of Turkey you see almost as many representations of Efe as of Ataturk, and one is never far from a picture or statue of Ataturk anywhere. They put up a statue of him in Aydin and there was unrest because it failed to show him with a mustache. They had to take it down and redo it. Little statues of him are sold in souvenir shops. There is an Efe pizza chain.
This is probably the oldest site we have been to. It was settled in the late stone age and has been a fortified settlement from the time of the Hittites in 1600 BC or so.
That columned structure is actually carved into the rock. Its a burial place where tradition says the ancient greek hero Bellerophon was buried. He`s the guy who rode Pegasus around, dropping heavy objects on his adversaries.
This was a roman city founded by Julius Caesar`s right hand slave, freed by Octavian and set up with a city in return for support against Marc Antony in the Civil War of that period,
Marion at the temple of Aphrodite
This was basically molding
This is so weird. It was the temple reserved for the worship of Roman emperors who had been officially declared to be gods. Hard to imagine what their idea of worship, gods or religion could have been.
This is where, according to tradition, St. Philip was martyred. The Byzantines built a church here/ This was a big pilgrim destination in its time. Lots of miraculous healings.
This is at the top of a hill in a place called Hierapolis, the biggest ancient ruin I have seen. It goes on and on. We spent all day climbing around.
On the left is the path up to a place called Pamukkale, on the right is the famous Chilkoot trail used by prospectors in the Klondike gold rush. Pamukkale is not made of soft, fluffy snow, but of calcium carbonate rock deposited over the ages from hot springs. Very pretty with fine fingerprint like ridges. In order to protect the rock, visitors must go barefoot for about 1/3 mile, the ridges biting into soft flesh. Agonizing, It was three days ago and my feet still throb when I think about it. I`d prefer the Klondike. They do not mention that one can drive right to the top, and they have blocked, ineffectively I`m pleased to say, the entrance to a trail we took back down. I`m sure this makes sense to someone.
Alas, soaking in the pools is no longer allowed, another thing that goes unmentioned.
They are serious about no walking on the calcium deposits, a Japanese guy with the standard issue giant camera was busted walkng with shoes where he should`t have and was carted off by the guards on a motorbike, with the exact expression on his face I would have at the prospect of going to a Turkish jail.
This place has been a resort are since the end of the Bronze age. There was a huge city with temples and agorae and theaters and everything. Probably the largest ancient site we have been to, called Hieropolis.
May 4, 2014
At 3 or 4 of the places we have been is a marker identifying the place as one of the Seven Churches of Asia from the Book of Revelation. This is one of them, at Laodikeia. I have to say, this shot does have an apocalyptic feel to it.
I have never gotten through Revelation. Its just so psycho. I do know that for 2000 years credulous believers have been convinced by it that they they are living in the end times.