Kaleici, also known as Old Antalya, is the small historic section at the center of the sprawling modern city which was the Roman town and the Byzantine, then the Seljuk Turkish, finally the Ottoman Turkish town.
The modern and huge city of Antalya didn't really start to appear until after World War II. Until then, Kaleici was Antalya, with its meandering streets, massive stone walls, and picturesque old houses built so close that they often overshadow the narrow lanes.
Its many charming small boutique hotels, pensions and inns offer fine dining in an old-time atmosphere and comfortable, even luxurious accommodations.
Kaleici surrounds and protects the old Roman harbour, which was Antalya's reason for being: even in Roman times, this was the outlet for the produce of the rich alluvial plain that beneath the southern slopes of the Taurus Mountains and stretches east from the city.
Today Kaleici is a protected district with strict regulations on constructing new buildings and with preservation of historic buildings in the area. In Kaleici it is possible to see some fairly ugly modern buildings, but they are being eliminated as the possibilities arise.
There are several entrances to Kaleici, but the most picturesque, historic and the most convenient one is Kalekapisi
At the very heart of Konya , in more ways than one, is the Mevlâna Müzesi (Mevlana Museum), the former tekke (dervish hall) that now holds the tomb of Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumi , founder of the Mevlevi order of dervishes, commonly called the Whirling Dervishes.
The Mevlâna Müzesi is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims because Rumi is a saint. His poetic message of peace, love of God and one's fellow creatures, resounds to a far wider audience today than it did over 700 years ago when Rumi preached and taught in Konya, and whirled in ecstasy through its streets. Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims come from throughout the world to visit his tomb.
The Turkish Night Show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey, complete with traditional costumes and of course an exhilarating belly dancer. This lively performance is a great way to enjoy traditional Turkish music.
Pigeon Valley, just outside Göreme in Cappadocia, is one of Turkey’s most beautiful landscapes.
The unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys, or peri bacalar, which are made from wind and water erosion on soft volcanic rock, rise high from the valley floor like chimneys and are dotted in their tops with birdhouses. Some reach at tall as 130 ft (40m). Pigeons live in these dovecoats carved into the rocks and cliffs. Years ago the pigeons were used to carry messages from this remote region, and their droppings have long been used by local farmers for fertilizer. Today, however, there are fewer pigeons in the valley
The Göreme Open-Air Museum, resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions. It is only 15 minutes walk (1.5 km, 1 mile) from Göreme village center. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey.
The area covered by this Open Air Museum forms a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity. There are eleven refectories within the Museum, with rock-cut churches tables and benches. Each is associated with a church. Most of the churches in Göreme Open Air Museum belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.
Carikli (Sandals) Church
The smallest of the columned churches in Göreme Open Air Museum, it is situated at the northwest part of the museum. The entrance is from the north, the church is one of the rooms that surrounds the courtyard of the monastry. The narthex part of the church is collapsed. The plan is in square form with two free supported columns, Greek cross shaped and 3 apses. Even though it is named after the two deep foot prints on the ground which is under the figure of the ascention of Jesus, it is also thought that the church was built for the name of the holy cross because of some of iconographic figures and the cross themed gaffitis.
The church is built on two floors. At the bottom floor there is a refectory with a niche at the edge of it where the last supper was drawn into it.
Twelve ( wall paintings) scenes of Jesus's life are drawn onto the church. It is thought that the scenes decrease to 12 through the change in the architectural form.
Three of these sceness are the childhood of Jesus, two of them are the maturity and the other seven scenes are the period of suffering of Jesus. As in the Elmali Church (Apple church) the 4 bayrams (Annunciation, Temptation of the Temple, Pentekost and Koimesis ) are left out of the siklus and only eight are drawn. You may see some independent figures also. Due to the architectural and painting technique the capital's forms are used and like in Karanlik ( Dark ) church the figures are not in a chronological order, they are in free format. The only figures that are situated at their traditional settled places are the crucifixion and the anastasis. At the main dome, the figure of Jesus the Pantocrator with the busts of angels in the insets are seen. Below this there are the four authors of the bible (Matta, Lucas, John the Baptist and Marcus) figures. Three of the angels (Michael, Gabriel and Uriel) figures are drawn in the other three domes. In the middle dome where the Angel Gabriel is seen, there are scenes of Jesus heading to Golgota and the raising of Lazarus. In the central apse, as in Elmali Church, a well preserved figure of the Deesis is seen. The words " I am the light of the world, who follows me will not be left in the dark" are seen in the figure of Jesus in which he is depicted holding an open book. Around the altar, the figures of Blaise, Gregory ofNazianus, Basil, Chrysostom and Hypatios are drawn. Even though the scenes are damaged intentionally, the physical appearance of them fits the iconography of the 11th century.
In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there.
Boat cruise on The Bosphorus: It was named after a legend & a dream to many. The homes of the rich & famous front its shore. Europe, Asia... you can cross the 2 frontiers in few minutes. It's a must for most people and one that guarantees to leave a fond memory for a long time to come.
I have moved a stone: Work in progress
Electricity doesn't like the rain ;)