Photographer's Note

Midas (Yazılıkaya) Monument

Yazılıkaya is 80 km far from Eskişehir. One can reach the village from Çifteler County on southeast of Eskişehir. The road departure from here reaches to Yazılıkaya through Mecidiye, Bardakçı, Karağaç and Kayı. Besides, one can go to Yazılıkaya through the way Seyitgazi and Afyonkarahisar or Emirdağ.
The height of Yazılıkaya village is 1315 meters. There is Eskişehir city on the North, Kütahya on the West, Afyonkarahisar on the South, and Seyitgazi on the Northeast. The exact location is on “Phrygian Plateau”. Height can be as high as Turkmen Mountain in some places. Because of that altitude, air is rather clean and it was named as “Phrygia Salutaris” which means “Healthy Phrygia”.
Yazılıkaya Village is located on the foot of Acropol. The great Midas Monument is perceived at the very first look. Midas Monument is extremely important especially for Phrygian history. However, the monument has not been mentioned much until 19th century. It was discovered by an English officer W.M. Leake passing by the region for the first time. He stated that he had seen monuments which carved on rock and had writings on surface while he was traveling by Eskişehir to Seyitgazi and then to Hüsrev Paşa. Then he returned back to the monument and examined the writings on the surface and when he saw the name “Midas” on inscriptions, he named the monument as “Midas’s Grave”. W. Leake published that trip notes in 1824. Charles Texier, who came after him, copied the surfaces of three rocks and inscriptions and published actual information about the subject. Researches done on archeological monuments in Anatolia had risen in second half of 19th century. Archeologist Radet, who come that region in 1886 and 1893, had discovered Yazılıkaya Village settled down just bottom of Midas monument.
As it can be seen nowadays, there are Midas monument on an erupted rock, city wall surrounding Acropol, underground stairs, graves, altars and unfinished monuments and fountains in Northeast side of ancient city Acropol, just over Yazılıkaya Village.
Midas monument is carved on tufa, covering an area of nearly 400 m2 with a rectangular shape and the surface is decorated with geometric meander motifs have Phrygian art features.

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  • Copyright: koksal kayhan (silverhead) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 14 N: 203] (1668)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-10-08
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 0:24
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