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This is a picture from Amasya, a small city in north-central Anatolia, about two hours journey from the Black Sea.

Amasya is an ancient city. This area by the Yeşilırmak (Green River) has been populated by a number of cultures for at least 7500 years. Among those who ruled this area during Antiquity were the Hittites, the Pontian Greeks, a Greek civilization living on both sides of the Black Sea, and the Roman empire.

Today Amasya is mainly known for the Ottoman style buildings built along the river, the Pontian tombs hewn out of the mountain-sides on the southern bank of the river and the mummified bodies of Medieval local rulers and children shown in the local museum.

According to Wikipedia 22 000 foreign tourists had visited Amasya this year up to September. During the day and a half that I spent there last week I saw just two obviously foreign visitors and my impression was that most tourists to Turkey have not yet discovered this little gem. It is a charming city well worth a visit.

I visited Amasya already in 1971 and yesterday dug through my archives of slides to find my pictures from those ancient times. You can see one of them as a workshop to give you some idea of how the city has changed in these 41 years. I plan to give you another comparison of old and new Amasya in a forthcoming upload.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3575 W: 301 N: 7719] (40069)
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