For most travelers Harran and the beehive houses are the end of an expedition into the semi-desert around Urfa. With your own transport, however, you might like to continue east towards Soğmater following a road that has only been asphalted in the last few years but now has clear brown tourist-attraction signs to guide you. If you do this, your first stop along the way would be at what is signed as the Bazda Mağarası (Bazda Caves) but is actually a vast ancient quarry in an abandoned village, dating back to 13th century, though the locals say it dates back to Roman times.
These large caves lie 18 km. Northeast of Harran on a road named for the Han-e Barür Caravanserai, and have gradually come into being over the centuries as stone was quarried for construction in the cities of Harran and Şuayb. The largest of the caves in places has two levels, and is made up of long galleries and tunnels.
Bazda has a biblical quality to it. Great overhanging rockfaces have lines chiseled across them where the stone was sliced away not just to create Harran, but also for Urfa, and for the nearby Han-el Barür caravanserai and Şuayb Şehri.
It's an extraordinarily peaceful, evocative place where sparrowhawks nest on the ledges, blue rollers flash sapphire across the sandy backdrop, and panting, weary sheep take refuge from the blazing heat in vast man-made caverns. Bring good shoes if you want to explore properly.
source: turkeyfromtheinside.com, kultur.gov.tr
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jhm (144328) 2014-07-20 3:59
These picture is made in very difficult conditions, it light was not perfect but you did excellent and shows us the cave on a very well way.
With all perfect details.
Excellent composition, nice presentation. Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Angshu (56592) 2014-07-20 4:33
You're travelling I see...hows work and life?
Light condition & contrast is very difficult to handle as see. The interiors if the cave have been well shown...like the tonality there on the walls and on the ground with the tourists. The part where the strong sun comes in is blown out, but I doubt anything else could be done in such a strong contrast.
serp2000 (42114) 2014-07-20 4:33
Oh, yeah! This photo reminds me my young years when we have read a lot of books about adventures and far travellings. The caves are very attractive for every curious person. Excellent shot with so nice eye-catching colors of the stone walls.
danos (90429) 2014-07-20 5:08
impressive the interior of the cave with the light management to be managed extremely successful.I like the created atmosphere as the excellent presentation.
ymrk (15015) 2014-07-20 6:26
Ah be Denizim,
Ne özlemişim burayı,fotoğraflarını...İnanmazsan büyük bir yanılgıda olursun ama inan ki hep aklımda buradaki herkes...Ve İffet abla...Bazen diyorum ki çıkacak bir yerlerden,gülüverecek,takılacak,kulağımı çekecek...Bazen de diyorum ki,İffet Abla'da oraya gittiyse ve dönemiyorsa oradan,demek ki orası o kadar kötü bir yer değil...
Neyse...Bir zamanlar onun bana dediği gibi...Her daim buradayım,fotoğrafını sevdim...
Ninello52 (7576) 2014-07-20 6:32
Beautiful setting! Beautiful boys in backlight inside the beautiful cave! Very nice even light!
Best Regards, Nino.
saxo042 (37700) 2014-07-20 7:20
A very special scene that creates curiosity and interest. A strange surrounding and very attractive forms of the rocks here. A well captured picture and a very interesting note.
Fis2 (90131) 2014-07-20 8:03
Curious POV and colors.
I like it.
I have a birthday on November 14 on TE! :)
Have a nice afternoon
holmertz (45341) 2014-07-20 8:28
The Harran area is one of the relatively few parts of Turkey that my tentacles have not yet reached. Now I guess I will never get there. This is a fascinating place which could set my imagination going and you have exposed this photo well in spite of an extremely difficult light. There are people nicely spread out all over the cave and especially I like the silhouettes of children in the foreground.
PS I never realized that note was so funny, but it's always a pleasure to make someone laugh. :-)
Noel_Byrne (27448) 2014-07-20 8:42
The chiselled straight lines of this place instantly reminds me of Perra, while the light effects falling from above remind me of antelope canyon. That is an impressive pair of places to combine together for this impressive scene. Reading your note makes me really to visit this place, I love abandoned places and here are very few as interesting as this.
Thanks for sharing.
emka (86607) 2014-07-20 23:19
Hi, what a sudden activity. Many critiques, Forum, trip planes and new photo, I am surprized. I like here most the silhouettes of the kids and the people crouching. It looks like taken from the movie a la Indiana Jones. Very difficult light you had, but you did very well. Fantastic place, one can feel as an explorer. It is is so difficult to get there, how you went to Urfa and then to the caves? One thing I am sure, not by bike I can see there:). Very attractive cave even if man made. It reminds me a bit Ear of Dionysius in Siracuse on Sicily, also a limestone cave carved out and high like here.
Nice square format and great warm colours and atmosphere of adventure.
I am very curious how will you like your trip, coming in a few days.
delpeoples (55094) 2014-07-21 1:08
Ciao dear Deniz
Turkey is such a massive country, and has such varied treasures...such as this. You could spend years travelling it and never see everything. BUt thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us. I have seen the external photos of these phenomenal beehive houses, but not the internal part. Their history is as compelling as their aesthetic beauty. You did really well with the limited light here and have succeeded in creating an air of mystery and exoticism. Wonderful work and I wish you a good week.
willperrett (8355) 2014-07-21 13:23
Impressive and dramatic lighting which perfectly complements the dramatic location. The inclusion of the figures gives a sense of scale and a focal point. Good work.
resat1972 (7492) 2014-07-22 10:07
kadraj ve ışık dağılım harika
CLODO (32220) 2014-07-26 5:51
the most remote places on earth are going to be now tourists trap!
I like the almost vertical light illuminating partially the cave, and I am surprised to see a moto. The persons in the light are as ghosts (overexposure) whereas we can see some details in the darkest areas.
have a nice WE
stego (24030) 2014-08-01 5:09
I like the framing and the way you used or created those successive "levels" with the forms, lights and shadows. I guess that some of the perfectionists will complain about the OE, but who cares? I think you did a good job with exposure. Cheers. José.
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2014-09-10 10:32
And there are these places too, nice place to read a book. love that you moved back to give a sense of depth and from dark to light, i am sure they are looking at some animal fossils.
COSTANTINO (59991) 2014-11-20 21:53
Good morning my friend
and have a nice week end
the title is very impressive as jorney
to the depths of time
you capture the interios of the caves
almost perfectly and your useful notes
I like the whole scenery and the
have a nice time
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-20 3:44