Photographer's Note

This is the traditional village of Ibrahim Pasa, perched on the top of a limestone gorge, in Central Anatolia. Hundreds of photographs have been posted to TrekEarth from Cappadocia, but this is the first that I can see of this quaint village which is a somewhat off the beaten track, and therefore attracts only a small number of tourists – mainly trekkers on the Babayan Plateau.

I took this photograph early in the morning, before many people were up and about, from a hot-air balloon which our pilot managed to manoeuvre down into the gorges and give us an eye-level view of the old houses, many of which seemed to be built very precariously on the edge of the gorge.

I took a number of pictures as we descended and as we drifted through the gorges, and it was hard to choose which one to post, so I have posted a higher view and a lower view in the workshop.

A balloon is an ideal way to see these out-of-the-way villages in Cappadocia, but of course when you set off in the morning, you will never be sure which villages you will be seeing because that all depends on the direction of the wind.

Ibrahim Pasa is named after one of the Grand Viziers of the Ottoman Empire, but I am not sure which one because there were three of the same name – one in the 16th century, one in the 17th century and one in the 18th century. I assume it is the last one because his full title was Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasa (the first word meaning ‘from Nevşehir’).

PP: Slight adjustments to levels and contrast, and USM at 200%.

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