Photographer's Note

A picturepack with two elements, showing the same place.
A view of the fishery harbour in Sile at the Black Sea shores, about 75 kms east of Istanbul.

The picture at the top was been made by me 40 years ago from -almost- the same point .

Scanned from a b&w print.

The picture at bottom in color just this year, also from -almost- the same point.

Sile has long sandy beaches and it gets very popular especially during the summer time. Its population is around 35 thousand but it triples during the holiday season, even up to 10 times during the summer weekends.

During the spring and on nice autumn weekends, people from Istanbul comes to Sile to taste the fish in one of the restaurants around the fishermens' harbor or to stroll in its narrow streets.

The town has the biggest lighthouse of Turkey which is a small restaurant today overlooking the Blacksea, it also became the symbol of Sile.
Just above the harbor, there are ruins of a Genoese fortress on the steep rocks which was also used during the Ottoman period.

Sile town is famous for its special cotton fabric, called Sile Bezi. Turkish women love this textile because it's very light thus nice to wear during hot summer days. Many shops in the market sell clothing, tablecloths and other stuff made with Sile Bezi. There is a local Sile Bezi Festival every year between July-August.

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