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Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in Turkey

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Hasankeyf is a small village at the Tigris River, on the road between Batman and Midyat. A modern bridge now spans that river, but the impressive remains of a much older bridge are standing tall. High rocks house thousands of rock houses, and support a mosque and the remains of an extensive ancient city, now in ruins. The town was founded in Roman times as a border post with Persia. It started out as Cephe or Kiphas, and was renamed Hisn Kayfa by the Arabs who conquered it in 640. Later Artokids and Ajjadubids ruled, until the Mongols plundered it so thoroughly in 1260 that it never regained its glory. The age of the old bridge is unknown, it has been restored in 1116 by the Ortokid Fahr ed-Din Kara Arslan. In the Kale or citadel one can find the remains of an Ortokid palace (not very impressive, though) and a Ulu or Great Mosque. The town is to be submerged by the waters of an artifical lake, like there are a lot in these areas (the Ilisu Dam Project) despite protests against the cultural vandalism involved. For that reason I decided to pay the town another visit in June 2010. I found the ancient türbe was being restored (the labourers explained: to be moved later to a dry spot, they did not know how). A nearby hamam (Turkish bath) was to be drowned, and was being prepared for possible survival until later generations might want to safe it yet. I used a fish eye a lot, some shots are bizarre, but they show how much there is to see in a rather compact space. The fortified part of town on top was closed for restoration so no new shots from up there. I will sort the pictures with earlier ones, and may add captions once I have the time.

HASANKEYF

Hasankeyf, Dicle Nehri’nde, Batman ve Midyat yolu arasında küçük bir köy. O nehirde şimdi modern bir köprü uzanıyor, ama çok daha eski bir köprünün etkileyici kalıntıları hala duruyor. Yüksek kayalar, binlerce kaya eve ev sahipliğı yapıyor, ve bir camiyi ve şimdi harabe olan, büyük ve tarihi bir şehrin kalıntılarını destekliyor. İlçe, Roma zamanında, İran’a sınır karakolu olarak kurulmuş. Önce, Cephe veya Kiphas denmiş ve burayı 640’ta fetheden Araplar tarafından Hisn Kayfa olarak yeniden adlandırılmış. Daha sonra, 1260’ta Moğollar orayı baştan sonra yağmalayana kadar (öyle ki orası bir daha asla eski şöhretin geri kazanamadı), Artukoğulları ve Eyyubiler tarafından yönetildi. Eski köprünün yaşı bilinmiyor, ama 1116’da Ortokid Fahreddin Karaaslan tarafından restore edildi. Kalede, bir Ortokid sarayının (çok etkileyici olmasa da) ve Ulu Cami’nin kalıntıları görülebilir. Yıllarca, bu ilçenin, bu bölgedeki çok sayıda yapay göllerden biri yüzünden sular altında kalması beklendi (Ilısu Baraj Projesi). Son duyduğuma göre projenin finansmanı konusunda sıkıntılar varmış, bunun sebebi kısmen kültürel vandalizme karşı büyüyen protestolar. Umarım, bu kültür hazinesi gelecek uzun yıllarda da görülebilir durumda olur.

Türkçe çeviri: Melek Emir. Katkılarından dolayı teşekkür ederim.

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