Photographer's Note

Sıvrihisar is a small but very old human settlement with a history that goes back to thousands years, and many civilizations, in the middle of Anatolia. The town and surrounding area have a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a short time around Sivrihisar, you can see a lot of this great past.

The region of many civilizations and the historic battleground between East and West, the Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Galatians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans all fought for their sovereignty and established their rule.

During its turbulent history, Central Anatolia has endured invasion by great conquerors, such as Alexander the Great and Tamerlane (Timur).

The town was always a cultural center along those far too many civilizations and empires. That tradition has continued after the Turkish settlement (1074 AD) and has given birth many brilliant cultural icons to the Turkish history, like Nasrettin Hoca (Hodja), Yunus Emre and some other personalities who were contributed to creation of a huge empire by their educational, cultural and managerial skills. Some of the names that are very well known in Istanbul like the Karaca Ahmet neighborhood and cemetery, which is named after Karaca Ahmet Efendi; and the Kadikoy area, which is named after the first Mayor (KADI) of Istanbul. They were all grown up here ın this land.
Sivrihisar's charm derives from its many typical Ottoman houses which imbue the town with an air of bygone elegance. The 13th-century Ulu Mosque, formerly a caravanserai, and the Alemsah Mausoleum are very interesting and worth a visit. From

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  • Copyright: selahattin erikci (tanburi) (24)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-08-18
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/3.9, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 15:42
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