Photographer's Note

Another photo from my journey through Turkey in 1974.

This is the spectacular rock that rises over the western Anatolian town of Afyonkarahisar. At the time of my visit the town was just known as Afyon, meaning "opium". In recent years it was officially given its present name, meaning "opium black castle".

As recently as the 1960's this was the centre of a large opium growing district. The production still remaining is strictly controlled and is only for medical purposes.

There are still remains of an old castle, or rather fortress, on top of the hill. Not much can be seen from this angle though. This strategic rock has been fortified for thousands of years, at least back to the Hittites, 3000-3500 years ago.

I remember Afyon in 1974 as a very quiet and rural town. Wikipedia describes it today as having "a country town feel to it. There is little in the way of bars, cafes, live music or other cultural amenities". So it seems not much has changed here during the last 38 years.

This was scanned from a Kodachrome sllide.

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