Turkey – Konya and Cappadocia
7- 14 November 2013
Our mobility to Konya and Cappadocia was specially interesting and popular. This visit was bilateral with a group of participants from our organisations who were thoroughly prepared to this visit historically, culturally and environmentally. This visit included unique and specific landscape of Cappadocia, which is UNESCO World Heritage site. We studied the bare landscape with chimney style formations of turf and stones and a complex of early medieval underground cities and early Christian churches built in the rocks and stony hills. IT was an extraordinary experience and we took many photographs. Our host explained that this landscape is changing with time, turf and stone made houses in the hollow of the chimney formations are crumbling due to rain water, wind and other natural causes. This area looks enchanted and it made strong impression on all of us. We learned about fragile environment, which appeared to be robust but in fact is delicate and in need of special care. Part of our visit was also to learn about Islamic culture and tradition and about Sufis and Mevlana’s tradition and whirling Dervishes, which is specifically identified with Konya. It was an extraordinary visit and we learned many new things, which we transferred at home to those who did not travel.
Our workshops were also interesting and new experiences; we painted with water and oil and produced well known images of the Ottoman’s flowers. We also learned how the silk carpets were made and the technology of the silk worm production of silk yarns. Some of these techniques (water-oil paintings) we applied at home and our participants were surprised how it was easy. This time we discussed the means of communication and creation of the digital facilities as well as dissemination of the project, which was widely spread through our networks.
Konya former Ikonium
We crossed the Taurus Mountain to reach Konya, which was one of the famous Christian communities, former Cilicia (Armenian Kingdom), place, which was made famous by Apostle Paul and St Barnabas. It was also the former Seljuk’s capital and the centre of Sufi Mystics. There is also Jelaludin Rumi’s mausoleum, a special pilgrimage place. We saw the famous whirling Dervishes monastery on our way to Cappadocia.
Cappadocia Göreme, Cavusin
These are the most famous chimneys formations in the world, bizarre material, out of this world, created by the wind, water and volcanic eruptions. These soft stone allowed people to hollow out their homes, worship places and the entire subterranean towns about 2000 years old. Göreme is an open-air museum and a World Heritage site. We visited a picturesque village of Cavusin.
Cappadocia – Monks Valley
This is another day in the spectacular natural world of Cappadocia. These unique rock formations are an inevitable invitation for all to take their cameras and record the world of the fairies. We visited the hidden Ancient Greek village Sinasos and its still standing houses. At the end of the day we had introduction to a traditional carpet making skills and learned fascinating art of growing the silk-worms .
Konya – Caravanserai
The real mystery of Cappadocia are numerous underground settlements and the underground labyrinth towns. It was also the ancient Silk Road which brought many caravanserais are along the route. The Caravanserais were built to facilitate the traders and Seljuk sultans granted each of merchants free stay for three days, for their animals as well, and if they were unwell it was adjusting hospitals or nursing chambers. It was the real liberal and multiethnic place where all people regardless of their faith, skin colour or ethnic background or wealth were treated equally. The Caravanserais were place s were knowledge, experiences and cultures were exchanged and discussed, transferring the best from one civilization to another.
Antalya Old Town and Aspendos
Anatliya is the Turkish Mediterranean capital city with many historic places ,especially from the Roman time. The natural beauty is reflected in the proximity to the Sea, Mediterranean flora and traditional quarters with multicultural and multiethnic population. Aspendos is an old Roman city with one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the Mediterranean. Nearby medieval bridge is from the Seljuk’s time and there is also the Roman aqueduct.
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