A morning in Kayseri

A couple weekends ago I had the chance to spend a few hours on Saturday morning exploring the center of Kayseri.  I hadn’t played tourist for a while so it was kind of fun.  Most of our group hung out drinking çay, but Ayla, Sinan, and I wandered around taking photos of old buildings.

Kayseri is a fairly big (about the size of Antalya; ~1,000,000 people) industrial city in the center of Turkey.  The skyline is dominated to the south by the volcano Mount Ericyes, the real reason our motley crew of mountaineers came to Kayseri.

Necla, Leyla, Emral, Cemal, Beylem, ???, Uğur, Aslı, Ayla, Emin, Sinan by bryandkeith on flickr

I suppose the main tourist site is the museum complex inside the old city walls.  However, that is closed for restoration work until May so we couldn’t enter.  We did enter the old covered pazar which has been turned into a fairly uninteresting clothes market.  Here an attractive young shopkeeper is doing some friendly bargaining with Leyla over the price of a scarf.

DSCN9649 by bryandkeith on flickr

In the center of Kayseri most of the old buildings were from the Ottoman and Selcuk periods, but what’s really fascinating in Turkey is the mix of old and new — in architecture, in clothes, in thoughts and traditions.

DSCN9601 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9614 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9603 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9619 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9625 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9634 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9630 by bryandkeith on flickr

Classic-looking castle right in the middle of Kayseri. by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9639 by bryandkeith on flickr

After our overnight dolmuş ride from Antalya and shortly before arriving in Kayseri, we were treated to a beautiful Kapadokya sunrise.

DSCN9596 by bryandkeith on flickr

Winter sunrise over Göreme by bryandkeith on flickr

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