In photos: the textures of Turkey

Posted on 11 September 2013

From the sweet chaos of Istanbul to the calm turquoise waters off the coast of Kas, Turkey is a palette of colourful diversity. Connecting Europe and Asia, it has become a cultural melting pot where a pendulum continues to sway between the deeply conservative and a more modern society. The streets are etched with history, dancing shades of blue, white and rusty orange whisper the remnants of the ancient Greeks and scented bustling bazaars echo haggles from Caravan trails and silk road travelers.

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The evil eye painted next to drawing of Ataturk protects the harbor in Kas. Named "The father of the Turks" he has a lasting legacy, for leading the nation into a more modern and liberal way of life.

Reaching vines shade a scorching summer heat at a small cafe in Pamukkale. Turkey has the most suitable conditions and climate for vine growing, a culture started with the growing of date vines back in 35000 BC.

The Rustem Pasha Mosque is a hidden treasure amongst the madness of nearby bazaar and Spice Market in Istanbul. Known for its intricately tiled interior and exterior walls.

Near present day Selcuk, is a landscape of ruins decorating the ancient city of Ephesus. This Greek and later a Roman city, contained one of the seven churches of Asia, cited in the book of Revelation.

Silk scarves hanging against a stone wall on a bustling market street in Istanbul. With its ideal location linking a number of different nations, Istanbul became a central point in the regions trade route.

Warm Mediterranean waves, lap up against a pebbly beach in Fethiye. The high salt content allows swimmers to float along crystal turquoise waters.

Stone carved walls decorate the entrance of a Caravansary, a short distance outside of Konya. The roadside inn once provided shelter for camels and their long distance traveling traders.

This beaming sunflower, decorates a dusty path in a rock valley in Cappadocia. Volcanic peaks pierce the landscape, but the town retains colour through its common offerings of fruit, fauna and flora.

Love, Relax, Pomegranate... just some of the flavourful names they have given these cheerful herbal tea mixes at the Spice Market in Istanbul.

Natural spring water flowing down the travertine terraces in Pamukkale. Sedimentary rock deposits from the water give this area a white snowy magical appearance and form popular bathing pools that have been in use for thousands of years.

A peeling exterior from one of many abandoned ancient houses in Koyakoy. After a population swap in 1923, the mountainside of Greek houses was abandoned and now gazes hauntingly down at the small village.

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