This is Safranbolu, one of the Turkish sites that have been declared by the UNESCO as a World heritage.
Safranbolu in northern Turkey, not far from the Black Sea, was a major trading place for about 700 years until the arrival of the railway, which made most trade go in other directions.
Other towns all over the Ottoman empire were influenced by the architectural style of Safranbolu. This was the case in for example Gjirokastër or Berat, both located in southern Albania and both classified as World heritage cities, just like Safranbolu.
In a workshop you can see another photo from Safranbolu.
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madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-10-29 9:16
very nice view...good scene..
excellent clarity & vivid colour tones..
lovely contrast..nice sky...
very good photography...
COSTANTINO (66511) 2012-10-29 9:17
interesting capture of all those old
buildings with interesting architectural
details,your useful notes helped me
to understand that this isone of
the Turkish sites that have been
declared by the Unesco
leo61 (0) 2012-10-29 9:35
Turkey and the black sea is on my list for next year.
Good depth here and a colorful shot!
lousat (93580) 2012-10-29 9:51
Hi Gert,beautiful vertical capture of this historic and very original place,i like the imposing perspective and the perfect moment whit the best light for brights details and colors,very interesting,it looks like Berat,Albania.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Antipodean (1312) 2012-10-29 10:10
Kia ora Gert,
This looks an interesting place made all the more impressive by your nicely composed photo. The people in the lower right corner balance the scene nicely. Cheers Neil
Fis2 (100638) 2012-10-29 10:23
Interesting place, curious buildings.
Good frame, colors and light.
I like it.
Have a nice evening
pajaran (62490) 2012-10-29 11:03
Dobar tekst ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good article ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
cornejo (43859) 2012-10-29 11:37
Hello Gert, very nice picture of this interesting town, very well seen and captured this great photo as well composed. Interesting image super sharp, with excellent light and beautiful color. Very good, nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good night and happy week.
ourania (47784) 2012-10-29 11:42
a lovely, interesting, deep and pleasing view of this picturesque old trading town. "Safran" says a lot about the trading, wealth and status of the town. I love looking at the impressive traditional mansions rising one above the other almost to the top of the cliff. Sharpness and clarity are excellent and really help us learn about this place. The superb rendering of the strong light and lovely vivid colours makes the view and the atmosphere very delightful. In the workshop you have a great complementary picture. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Highmountains (2674) 2012-10-29 12:46
Beautiful and compact composition.
The elevation of the hill on the opposite side with the buildings on them, have given the viewer a facinating perspective from a low angle. The cliff and the overhang on top of the buildings has been well captured. Hence we have the buildings and over them, the brown rocky hills and then the deep blue sky in the background.
On the right we have a couple of tourists facing a shop. The contrast in the photograph is high and gives the photograph its bright mood.
The colours are deep and saturation is high. This enhances the contrasts between the grey cobbled street, the buildings with white and gray walls, the rocky, dark brown hill and the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing this splendid photograph.
daddo (26996) 2012-10-29 15:22
Hi Gert. A lovely place (and so are the towns in Albania.) From memory, I think Ohrid had a few streets that had similar architecture. Nice vertical format captures well the setting and the lay of the land. beautiful light. All the best. Klaudio.
bayno (18344) 2012-10-29 23:06
the weather was generous and gave you a beautiful day with a fantastic light and clear blue skies to frame this incredible village, your skill in shooting did the rest, great shot...wonderful colors
emka (100793) 2012-10-29 23:45
Hi Gert, You visited so many interesting cities and they are far away of the usual visitors'goal. I know mainly "Greek" part of turkey, with ancient ruins, also interesting and beautiful. But this real Turkish cities are worth visiting too, as I see. Superb shot, the sharpness is amazing, nice inclusion of the tourists.
macjake (69765) 2012-10-29 23:52
I'm really enjoying the look and style of the aged architecture. Not sure how close they are to the steep cliff wall, but from here it looks as if the buildings are right up against it.
I really like the rooftops too, unique looking and charming.
enjoy your day
mohammad_H (10034) 2012-10-30 0:20
So beautiful and amazing in mountains
Very good resolution
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (60683) 2012-10-30 1:43
Spectacular place. I like the vertical growth of the old town and the atmosphere of it's streets. Well seen!
abmdsudi (55574) 2012-10-30 5:00
I like the compressed perspective of the old town best preserved with its own unique features in Ottoman style architecture nicely filling the slope. And this looks amazingly compact, with lots of details and lively charming looking place. Great balanced composition achieved with excellent sharpness and perfect clarity and colours against the clean blue sky. The depth, contrast and light add to the quality of this shot. A fine historic picture so well taken, Congrats.
Your additional picture is excellent too, taking us deep into their backyard.
Nicou (145114) 2012-10-30 5:18
Fantastique vue colorée animée mangigique cpatage et image avec ces maisons les unes sur les autres cette falaise et compo sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (103034) 2012-10-30 7:47
amazing old houses by rock. An interesting place in Turkey. Good vertical composition and presentation. Also nice WS. Attractive Safranbolu.
Have a nice evening.
saxo042 (37900) 2012-10-30 7:54
Staden ser ju ut att ligga mycket vackert under de utskjutande klipporna. Ligger husen i skydd under dessa? (Vi har sett motsvarande i Frankrike). Bilden är bra komponerad med husen i en diagonell rad ner mot turisterna och parasollen. Extrabilden är ju minst like bra. Du tycks ha haft väldigt fint väder här.
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-10-30 11:06
hi again dear Gert
in one word, fantastic.. also the workshop.. colors, sharpness, composition, all of excellent.. thanks for your informative note about Safranbolu also.. tfs and my compliments!
have a lovely week,
UlfE (14641) 2012-10-30 12:12
Väldigt bra ljusförhållanden när du tog det här fotot. Det gör att färgerna är fantastiskt fina. Ett vertikalt foto var givetvis att mycket bra val och väldigt bra att du fick med paret till höger i sin helhet. Inte för att det kanske hade behövts en extra färgklick, men de färgglada parasollen är precis det ökar attraktionskraften. Tack för titten och ha en bra kväll!
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-10-30 15:09
Very original and interesting place that you captured in a perfect and effective way. The light and the colors are perfect, and I also like the great quality.
Congratulations and TFS.
kordinator (20841) 2012-10-31 2:07
Excellent capture of all those old buildings with interesting architectural details.
As usual, your work is fantastic and quality.
Many nice details,lovely colors,excellent composition.
williewhistler (16398) 2012-10-31 11:52
your choice of the upright format works very well as it shows all of the interesting buildings neatly stacked almost on top of one another beneath the towering hillside.
Fine travel shot.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-31 18:59
You've got quite the growing collection of UNESCO Turkey shots here, Gert! I'm always amazied by the human ability to squeeze living space out of almost anything - here a nearly sheer cliff face. Especially amazing, in a geologically unstable place like Turkey, that these structures have remained for so long - I don't know that modern architects could do the same given equal materials. Nice capture, clearly demonstrating the height and angle of these homes.
agjika (3177) 2012-11-01 3:51
Another photo you almost fooled me with! I have seen quite a few photos mostly on TE of towns/buildings in the same architectural style. They seem to be present in many ex-otoman provinces. I would be more curious to have a close look at them and see how they are different more that how they are the similar. After all there is something called "local consumption" of trends and culture. In this case they are built using local material by local people.
Thanks for sharing
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-11-01 9:08
Very nice capture of this hillside village and the people. Thanks for the wonderful information. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
mirosu (16273) 2012-11-01 20:41
It is a well-chosen framing, in a slight low-angle shot that works very well graphically, and gives a nice perspective to the houses on the hill slope. The light and the colors have a beautiful effect on the elements, and the vertical composition is magnificent.
Have a good day.
kato (11630) 2012-11-02 23:51
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see many houses which were built on the slope of the cliff and which crowded. It's impressive in white wall and red roof as well as many windows in house, too.
Have a nice weekend,
serp2000 (44684) 2012-11-03 6:48
Good evening, Gert,
I am not sure that I want to live here, but I like to see same towns. Amazing compression, there is a special life style. Attractive photo, my congratulations!
Have a good weekend!
Kielia (24077) 2012-11-03 9:32
you are presenting a very interesting place and it was with great curiosity that I read your note. This is TE at its best. Concerning the perspective and the composition I agree to Luciano.
mesutilgim (95776) 2012-11-03 9:39
Hello dear Gert,
I missed this one from Safranbolu !
Again a perfect pov, showing also the rock formations behind the city.
The couple at left adds just life to the scenery.
I have also some nice captures from Sfranbolu, starting from page : http://www.trekearth.com/members/mesutilgim/photos/Middle_East/Turkey/Black_Sea/Karabuk/Safranbolu/
TFS and have a nice weekend
Disabled_A (0) 2012-11-04 14:38
how strange: first of all I noticed the blue-and-red umbrella whose colours match the blue sky so nicely :)
yet, what impresses me much is the composition. You chose a very good point of view for the shot! Those houses one under and above another look so unusual to my eye...
You were really lucky with the weather there, weren't you??
aliabazari (16230) 2012-11-05 18:18
Hej Gert Kära
Attraktiv och intressant arkitektur. Blanda väl med turister. Djup och bra belysning. mycket vacker
mkamionka (38335) 2012-11-06 13:45
charming town with attractive architecture. Amazing that there are so many beautiful places which are recognized as a world heritage and there is no chance to see them all. Thank you for sharing with us this one here, so little known I believe,
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-11-23 8:41
I like how the vertical framing fits the stacked buildings. Nice crisp details.
Angshu (56760) 2012-11-28 22:06
Intersting how the houses nestle up along the slope of the hill. The contrast with the clear blue sky is excellent. Thanks for the WS where you show a nook of this twon with the narrow lanes. Nice shot with good details & colours!
Vasa (515) 2013-01-04 15:28
The sunny day is helping only. The subject is for memory. Your recent emotion from recent travel, Gert. Another great reaction. All compliments!
silah (2798) 2015-02-21 6:21
You had taken very good vertical format photo from my country. It is very well informed clear shot. TFS my friend. GREETINGS, Salih.
ikeharel (73545) 2016-03-15 12:07
Good evening Gert,
An interesting place for the town at the foot of a cliff, I always wonder why built in such a place?
A fine view upwards from the street level, distinct contrast from the white houses, and details shown in clarity.
my best regards,