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Part 4

Bafa Lake, Seven Brothers Monastery, Kapakiri, Euromos and LaBranda.


The walkway on the second floor of the Agora Pension.  The other guests that night were an archeologist studying the ruins here, and a group of Belgian tourists who'd hired their own van and driver. A great view of Bafa Lake from outside our door.


This is part of the Temple of Athena, overlooking the lake. Over the years, people have torn up many of the old buildings to use in fences and buildings.


The mountain that towers over Kapikiri is Besparmak Mt., or Five Fingered Mountain.  Notice the solar water heater on the house.  They're very common here--I think most water heating in costal Turkey is solar. Village life in Turkey.  Take a good look at the rocks that make up the stone wall--many of them are from torn-down ruins.


Donkeys were everywhere in this village.  Maybe this was the one that brayed loudly all throughout the night, and kept us up! Just outside the village, there were the ruins of a Byzantine castle on an island in the lake.


Leading cows to pasture. This is the the base of the Temple of Athena.  The rooms at the bottom are now used as enclosures for cows.


We took it easy in the morning.  There were some books in the pension about the ruins in this area, and I took notes on how to get to one of them, the Seven Brothers Byzantine Monastery (Yediler).  We started in the village of Golyake, 4 kilometers from Kapikiri.  This goat was tied up in the village. We had a hard time finding the path up at first, because there was nobody to ask.  Maybe they were all working in the fields.  But we found one very friendly man who managed to convey to us "follow the arrows".  We found the starting arrow, and the rest was very easy.  This ended up being one of our favorite days in Turkey, because it was a wonderful walk with superb views, a great ruin, and we were the only ones there.


Great views, stone walls everywhere, olive trees.  Mt. Besparmak was visible almost everywhere. Sometimes the trail went between two stone walls.


Fences were always homemade affairs, made of brush, branches, and twisted wires.. A view of Lake Bafa from the trail.


If you look closely, you can see the Byzantine monastery in this picture. There were unusual double-arch windows or doorways at the monastery.


The ruins of the monastery extended over a couple acres. This fresco, painted under a rock, would have been impossible to find had we not met an older German couple coming down when we were going up who gave us directions. The overhang of the rock was plastered, and the fresco was applied to the plaster.


Many of the faces have been partially hacked off. Eric took a panorama to get all of the frescos.


Lunch on the rocks.  Lunch usually consisted of a loaf of bread, some cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, often some apples, and pistachios or some kind of nuts. The monks lived in these small cells.


Very small... But with a really good view.  Although I imagine this must have been bricked up a little more--it would be too cold otherwise.


Eric is in the throes of a moral dilemma here.  Should he or should he not take a genuine Byzantine brick from the ruins here? It's such a pretty brick, too.  He eventually decided not to bring it. I think the words that did it were "Midnight Express".
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