I had seen Gert's images of Amasya and told myself that I had to see this lovely place. In his photos the town looked well preserved, keeping by assumption, the old buildings as places for habitation.
I was both delighted and disappointed when I saw the town in person. A number of the houses perched over the river have been renovated with due respect to the Ottoman heritage, others have been demolished and rebuilt with little respect to the past. Most are hotels and craft shops. One building only was pointed out to me as being lived in.
What was most alarming is the Disneyfication of the town. In the evening the houses and the old Pontian tombs hued into the mountain face are lit by lights, in itself a good idea, but these lights are PSYCHEDELIC, changing from pink to blue, from yellow to green!!! When I told our wonderful driver/guide about the horror of it all, he replied that the Turks like it. And sure enough there they were, eating ice cream, listening to live traditional music in the park and watching the gaudy lights across the river. Allah be praised, that they didn't do the same to the mosque which was only lit by yellowish tinge.
Wikipedia:Amasya stands in the mountains above the Black Sea coast, in a narrow valley along the banks of the Yeşilırmak River. Although near the Black Sea, this area is high above the coast and has an inland climate, well-suited to growing apples, for which the province of Amasya is famed. Amasya is set apart from the rest of Anatolia in its tight mountain valley and hides its beauty. Amasya is one of the provinces in north-central Anatolia Turkey which is distinct for its natural setup and historical values. It was the homeland of the famous geographer Strabo. Located in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak (Iris) river, it has a past of 7,500 years during which many civilizations left remains.
In antiquity, Amaseia (Αμάσεια in Greek) was a fortified city high on the cliffs above the river. It has a long history as provincial capital, a wealthy city producing kings and princes, artists, scientists, poets and thinkers, from the kings of Pontus, through Strabo the geographer, to many generations of the Ottoman imperial dynasty, and up to being the location of an important moment in the life of Ataturk. With its Ottoman-period wooden houses and the tombs of the Pontus kings carved into the cliffs overhead, Amasya is attractive to visitors.
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pajaran (41755) 2013-08-25 6:34
Vrlo intereantan i dobar teskt o gradu, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na reku i grad ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepa panorama.
holmertz (31322) 2013-08-25 12:08
I am delighted by the dedication but of course a bit disappointed that you were not entirely pleased with your visit. When I got there last year I had only vague memories of my visit almost 40 years earlier, so I was quite enthusiastic to find the city looking so freshly painted and prosperous and well laid out. Of course looking closer I realized a lot of it was relatively new, and later comparing with my old photos it was obvious that most of the houses along the river had been pulled down since 1974 and new ones built in the "old style". I didn't really mind that people were not actually living in these houses, as long as the area was kept alive.
I think I mentioned in a note that there was a clear reason why this had not become an official world heritage like Safranbolu, which has more of the "real thing".
As for the light shows I have to confess I don't remember them. Maybe they are not shown every night. What I do remember is the magical atmosphere created by the calls for prayer from the dozens of minarets, with the sounds blending and echoing between the hillsides.
Too great expectations often end in disappointment.
As for this photo, finally, it's a lovely postcard where the mock-Ottoman style can not be detected. You framed the view very neatly with the red roses and the branch of a tree. Light and colours are perfect.
mesutilgim (73046) 2013-08-25 12:21
Your entry from Amasya has brought me back to early sixties where I spent two nights in my sleeping bag high above there in the grave chambers of Pontus kings. The next days I had allways to climb down to Yesilirmak to wash of the dirt of the bats let down to my face during the night !
TFS and best regards
KristinsCamera (1909) 2013-08-25 19:22
so interesting to read your note, then gert's response.
i am sorry for your disappointment, and understand your frustrations. why people don't just renovate and restore the original whenever possible baffles me.
on the other hand, there are some intriguing doors or something in the cliffs above these new buildings that look worth exploring, as do the houses further down the river that we can just barely see in your nice panorama of amasya.
resat1972 (6531) 2013-08-25 23:08
görmek istediğim yerlerden birisi
GiovanniG (2315) 2013-08-26 0:37
Again you demonstrate your considerable skill with this capture. The colors, exposure and detail are spot on.
Well done sir!
tober (8795) 2013-08-26 3:14
Hello Klaudio, you have chosen a good vantage point to display the beauty of the river bank. In my personal opinion, Amasya is the only town which resembles most to Mostar, in Turkey.
Leksand (880) 2013-08-26 6:35
Perfect compositon here Klaudion that gives very fine depth to the image. Looks like a wonderful landscape to visit!
lousat (64213) 2013-08-26 8:42
HI Klaudio,these houses are really beautiful,a special capture of these architechtures along the river,great exposure to see so well the details of the sculptures in the rocks too,i seen something to similar in Turkey but not here many years ago! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
emka (64150) 2013-08-26 15:44
Hi Klaudio, So you were disappointed with Amasya? on your photo it looks charming. anyway, almost 700 km far from Istanbul is too much for me. Nice flowers in fg. Splendid perspective, we can see more of the town with the bridge far away. Strange things are on water.
abmdsudi (32509) 2013-08-27 16:37
I like the neat crop with good diagonal touch taking viewers through the scene and the prominent Turkish style architectrue backed by the rocky mount to anchor the eye. Speck of vivid red is an excellent touch for extra interest and patch of green breaks the earth colour monotony, and thks to your lenghty notes. Indeed a peaceful looking sight and very interesting to read about the history. Congrats