Photographer's Note

This is from Konya, the seventh largest Turkish city with a population nowadays between 1,3 and 2 million, depending on the sources.

But this photo was taken in 1971...

... but wait a minute...

... did I make a mistake?...

... Did I actually set my time machine at 1921...?

No, of course I didn't, but there is so little here that reminds me of modern life, so it could easily have been taken long before 1971. That is one reason why I converted this to B&W, the other reason being that I just didn't like the original colours. I admit that I cropped a small part on the left side to delete a car, because I wanted to emphasise the atmosphere of very long ago.

In the central part of the photo is the Mevlâna Museum (the building with the cylindrical dome, actually green). Apart from being a museum featuring old carpets, very old Qurans and beautifully decorated medieval books, and much more, this building also contains the sarcophagus of Mevlâna, a 13th century Persian poet, Sufi mystic and Islamic theologian, born in present Afghanistan. His real name was Jalal al-Din Rumi (in Turkish Celaleddin Rumi).

After Rumi's death in Konya in 1273 his followers founded the Mevlevi order, usually known as the whirling dervishes. Their "performances", actually a kind of meditation, can now be seen in many places, including Istanbul (on-line booking possible).

In the background of this photo is the 16th century Selimiye Mosque.

Here is a larger version.

Konya is located in western Anatolia, about 260 km southwest of the capital Ankara. It is often regarded as the most religious and most conservative Turkish city and is not suprisingly a stronghold of the Islamic-oriented ruling party since 2002, the AKP.

You can see this view as it looks today by using the map coordinates 37.87034 32.50559. I can assure you it looks different.

I noted in my diary from 1971 that not far from here I found a very crowded and busy district of narrow side streets and innumerable small shops. There is a WS photo (in colours) from that area.

Both photos were scanned from Agfacolor slides.

With these photos I conclude my nostalgic trip to Turkey almost 49 years ago. I will now go digital for a while. But, provided TE survives another few weeks, I will eventually return to scanned photos of old slides, but from other parts of the world.

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