Bodrum Kale (Hierapolis Kastabala)
It is a big shame and scandal that nowadays some local moneyowners and some big politician-bosses plan to build a cement factory right on top of this extremely precious site considered as the Efesus of the Eastern Turkey. The protests and campaigns of environmental groups and individuals continue.
This is a very beautiful but little visited place. A powerful medieval castle (the local name Bodrum Kale is a corruption of Petrium, the Castle of St. Peter) dominates the Roman ruins of ancient Castabala / Hierapolis. The site is not excavated and there are no modern intrusions within sight.
from the book Eastern Turkey by Müjde & Sevan Nishanyan:
Castabala was the capital of the ancient Cilician kingdom, which ruled under Roman aegis just before and after the year 0. Cicero, the roman orator, was briefly proconsul here. His hand-picked king of Cilicia, Tarcondimotus, betrayed Pompey in his war against Caesar. Lucan makes him deliver a long speech about political morality in his Pharsalia.
The original fortifications go back to Roman times or earlier. They took their final shape under the Armenian rulers of Cilicia in the 12th century. New evidence show that the Europeans learnt much of their craft from local - primarily Armenian - builders.
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gezimania (6166) 2008-09-10 9:15
Meraba Sayat Bey,
Ben de bugün okudum bu trajikomik durumu, o bölgede böyle bir antik kentin olmadığına dair resmi belge bile düzenlenmiş. Ne büyük utançtır bizim için, tarihten hala ders alamıyoruz. Keşke gidip orayı görüntülemiş olsaydım :( Umarım sağduyulu yöneticilerin bu durumdan haberdar olmasına vesile olursunuz, duyarlılığınızdan ötürü tebrik ederim.
Karenin açısını ve ışık ayarını beğendim, elinize sağlık..
Deepforest (9260) 2008-09-10 15:31
beautiful composition with the fragment of ancient ruins... I like framing and colours. I have read your note with interest and I share your indignation and concerns...
Angshu (51432) 2008-09-12 0:45
Like how you composed the image, framed with the pillar on the left creating a window for the ruins on the right. The contrast with the green grass is excellent as is the clear blue sky. Good shot!
parbo (11092) 2008-09-13 10:15
Good depth, excellent clarity in natural colors and you found an unknown part of famous Bodrum Castle while attending visitors for killing historical and natural textures there. There is a good sample front of them. They build many electrical power plant running with low calorie local coals on the best fertile lands. Now they are killing everything, forests, olive trees, natures around at least 100km radius. They will not aware for any ancient ruins can be easily findable during their excavations. Congratulations.
- Copyright: Sayat Arslanlioglu (sayat) (2944)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-21
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 7:20