Avanos old quarter
Baskoy, was named Potamya during Roman Empire period. After Lozan Treaty in 1924, the Greek residents left and local of Kavasos moved to the abandoned Greek village.
2nd pic: Baskoy from far, the ruins and dwellings on rock formation.
This bizarre village left the most impression during my Cappadocia trip. We thought it was entirely abandoned. After 10 minutes of wandering around, the local kids and old folks started appearing in front of us. They were very friendly with big smile.
More info on Baskoy
Fixer, Avanos, Cappadocia
A young farmer
Avanos, a small pottery town that filled with interesting people.
Turkish ‘Mahjong’ called Okey, Derinkuyu
Leisure afternoon, Derinkuyu
Gentlemen, and Evil Eyes (Nazar Boncugu)
Abandoned house, Anadolu Kavagi, Istanbul
Key to the Church
The visit to Gulsehir (another small town in Nevshir) was impromptu, we were out of idea where to drive next.
There was nothing much to explore in Gulsehir town center. We drove past a quiet neighborhood and saw a concete church. I was curious about it, but my mates were not. Nevertheless, i tried to find a way to enter the church. But i had no success.
Disappointingly, i went back to our car and tried to ask direction from a local store. The Turkish man couldnt speak much English, but mentioning about ‘key key’ and pointed his finger to the church. OH, he got the key into the church! Next second, he just handed me THE KEY. I was astonished and freaking psyched about it.
Me and my mate took 5 mins to finally unlocked the heavy iron door at the side building. And we were totally amazed by the church interior. It is hauntingly beautiful with eerie atmosphere. Obviously the church was abandoned before and only recently put under partial restoration.
Facts of St Demetrius Church
-A Greek Orthodox church built in the late 1800’s and abandoned after the local Greek people swap with Turkish in Greece in the early 1920’s.
A blog detailed bout St Demetrius Church with bit of history
A short video by others.
Gourd Lamp Maker, Goreme, Cappadocia
Erotic erosion, Urgup
More phallic shaped of pillar can be found at Love Valley
Fairy Chimney, Cappadocia
Enig Hui - FB Page
The Soğanlı Valleys - Perfect place for some Cappadocian cave-church exploring off the beaten path. To me, Goreme open air museum is way too crowded with overpriced entrance fee.
1st pic: Kubbeli Kilise (“Dome Church”), whose paintings date from about 850-950 AD, is one of the 150 cave churches in Soğanli Valley
2nd pic: The Church of Karabas, the greatest & most beautiful church in Soganli.
3rd pic: The fresco inside Karabas, decorated with Christ’s birth, His baptism, struggle,crucifying in Byzantine & Seljukian pattern.