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Today I return to Amasya from where I posted a photo a couple of weeks ago. The title also refers to the fact that I this month returned to Amasya 41 years after my first visit to this small city in the Turkish Black Sea region.

The history of Amasya goes back thousands of years and traces of early civilizations are still found. On the mountainside you can see man-made caves containing Hellenistic tombs from the last centuries B.C. In the city are several medieval mosques and hammams, bath-houses. And the banks of the Yeşilırmak, the river running through the city, are lined with Ottoman style houses.

"Ottoman style" indicates that I am not quite sure they were all built during the 18th or 19th centuries. I have a strong feeling that many of the houses seen today, including in this photo, are quite recent but built in a traditional style. That doesn't make them less beautiful to watch but may be a reason why this beautiful and very nice city has not received the status as a World heritage.

When I first visited Amasya in 1971 the population was maybe 30 000. Today the city has grown to almost 100 000 inhabitants. I was slightly surprised that I recognized so little from my earlier visit. Two workshops will explain the reason for my loss of memory: Amasya - beyond the riverside - is a completely different city from 41 years ago.

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