Cappadocia. Myth versus riality.

Cappadocia. Myth versus riality.

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alexander stefanatos

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Cappadocia. Myth versus riality.

Central Anatolia

On the way to Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a mysterious land in the remote central Anatolia of Turkey with half its existence lost into the depths of history and half of it having emerged in a contemporary reality still struggling for somekind of progressive awakening.For many years its population, mainly youth, fled from the bare, cavernous and scarcely fertile land to more activated and developped areas of Turkey looking for job and higher education.
Cappadocia has a unique historical and cultural past extending till the Bronze era. It flourished as a kingdom being conquered by the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans, Byzantines and eventually Ottomans. As a remote, mountainous and deserted region of the vast Byzantine empire became a site of voluntary exile for penitence and pray as a need for sentimental outlet and also land for religious pilgrimage for Christian Orthodox priests that built churches and residencies into the caves to protect themselves from intruders and robbers. These interred churches with their decorations and icons are unique samples of religious art admired by visitors today.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, rich Greek communities were thriving there developping towns notable for agricultural and industrial products and schools for higher education. Nearly all of them fled hastily as refugees to Greece under the terms of Lausanne treaty(1923) imposing population exchange between Turkey and Greece, abandoning houses and fortunes behind. The greatest number of visitors today in Cappadocia is from Greek descendants in seek for their past traces and memories being, in many cases, welcommed and even helped by their current tenants!..
Cappadocia today is also a region of exceptional natural wonders particularly caracterized by the "fairy chimneys",ie, geological formations as a result of temperature extremes in that area.

Comments 8

  • Janos Gardonyi 04/12/2015 21:40

    classic photo alex......... janos
  • Adele Oliver 02/12/2015 1:01

    a beautiful wide landscape and view towards the high mountains in the background - splendid clouds, and the herd of cattle bringing life into the scene ... fine details, textures and tones !!!
    greetings, Adele
  • Mirjam Burer 01/12/2015 19:24

    this has a big 'wow' factor...!
    Beautiful and overwhelming landscape Alexander and taken in fine tones and I like the textures here a lot..
    So empty with just the herd...
    big compliment agapi...
  • sparkling light 01/12/2015 17:05

    Dramatic sky and the small group in front enhances the great wide depth of the landscape. Fine photo!!!
  • s. sabine krause 01/12/2015 14:24

    a shepherd and his cattle in a field surrounded by a barren, archaic, seemingly godforsaken yet breathtakingly beautiful land – the stuff, or rather the place, that annunciation stories are made of… ; ) expertly captured, as always, alexander! the b/w really becomes it, as it stresses the textures and dark/light contrasts of people, animals, lowland etc. greetings, sabine. p.s.: your captions: always a great interesting read!
  • Harold Thompson 01/12/2015 9:46

    Vast open area and the main inhabitants
    Thanks for the info
    :-)) Harold
  • Sue Thompson 01/12/2015 8:42

    An amzingly emptye yet beautiful landscape with the small herd of cattle, and beyond then the distant mountains beneath the great tumbles of clouds.
    Excellent tones and textures, and very interesting notes.

  • adriana lissandrini 30/11/2015 22:50

    a picture to be admired in all its levels, still a wonder .....
    cari saluti, Adriana


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Camera NIKON D200
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Aperture 4
Exposure time 1/500
Focus length 28.0 mm
ISO 200

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