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Avdalaz Kalesi (castle) is located a little to the north west of Ayazini. I had to do a couple of hours research to find out exactly what I had photographed and which of the 3 Turkish provinces it was situated in. The Phrygians occupied parts of north Afyon, eastern Kutahya and southern Eskisehir as well as Gordion in Ankara province to the north east. Despite being surrounded by Phrygian ruins, this rock hewn cloister of caves in the large monolith on the left is actually Byzantine, & if you look closely you might be able to see where rooms were carved out of the soft volcanic tuff, similar to Goreme in Cappadocia to the east. Here's a very nice shot taken at night that helped me identify Avdalaz Kalesi:

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(Copyright Marmuk Sami Parlak, Google maps)

Oh, btw, I wasn't sure if the fg flowers were wild opium poppies or just weeds? The opium poppy is grown extensively in this region for morphine for use in hospitals, and is strictly controlled by the government.

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