Photographer's Note

Amasya, a couple of hours' journey south of Samsun at the Black Sea, is one of the nicest and most interesting minor provincial capitals in Turkey.

It is a very old city (like so many others in Turkey) with a known history of more than 7,000 years. The Hittites were here, so were the Pontic Greeks (a Greek civilization living on both shores of the Black Sea and dominating this area for several centuries B.C.) and the Romans.

The best known features of Amasya today are the traditional Ottoman houses built along the Yeşilırmak (Green River), a number of rock tombs of Pontic kings, several fine mosques and a museum containing several medieval mummies.

Two of these royal tombs, dug into the rock, can be seen in this photo above some of the Ottoman buildings. (It's not possible to get inside.) On the hillside you can also see a wall that was part of the defense system of an ancient castle on top of the hill.

Here is a larger version.

Amasya is relatively far away from the major tourist attractions of Turkey, which means that the city attracts comparatively few foreign visitors. Those who manage to find their way here get the great advantage of having the small city with its interesting sights and pleasant atmosphere almost to themselves.

In 2012 I used a smaller version of this photo as a workshop to this photo from a return visit that year.

The map coordinates 40.65187 35.83140 will bring you very approximately to where I took this photo in 1971. There has obviously been some urban renewal since then. Some of the Ottoman houses are no longer purely Ottoman, but they still look good.

Today's two WS photos are both from 1971. One is an alternative view of houses along the river, the other shows how to reach some of the rock tombs.

Except for the photo from 2012 these were all scanned from Agfacolor slides.

In case you are getting tired of these old photos (I am), please be patient. Only one more, and then I will go digital again.

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