Jul '10 - Aug '10
Kale today is a city who's economy is primarily agricultural. Descending into the valley one can see greenhouses spreading for miles.
Near the center of the city is the Church of St. Nicholas (yes Santa Claus). St. Nicholas was born in 300, became the bishop of Myra and died in 350. The church was built above his tomb in his honor shortly after his death.
Myra was one a bustling Lycean city, now all that remains are the ruins of its amphitheater as well as rock tombs in which the rulers of this city were cremated. If you will notice the relief carvings above each tomb, these reliefs depict the ruler who's remains are in each.
Turkey is at the crossroads of the Middle East and Europe, to this day its unique geographic position has brought with it tremendous conflict. It has been occupied by such diverse civilizations as the Hittites, the Trojans, Lyceans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine and Ottomans, finally leading to the establishment of the modern Turkish state. In the wake of these periods of occupation, architecture from each has been deposited throughout the country.