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Kayseri 2478
20-SEP-2003

Kayseri 2478

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This is a complex of museums (I think mainly ethnography) that was under restauration when I visited. It looks quite promising. If I am not in error its heart is the Güpgüpoğlu Konağı, an 18th century mansion, home to Ahmet Mithat Güpgüpoğlu, poet, composer and officer of the government.

On the picture: A close-up of the oldest part, dating from the 15th century. Its style is related to Syrian/Arabic and even Egyptian/Memluk architecture. Apart from the Mamluk involvement in Anatolian politics during those days, the Armenians could be a second component in this process: they were an important minority in the Kayseri region and – at the same time – Armenian builders and architects were the main (hired) force in the Mamluks’s military building projects in Egypt.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Website of ‘Kayseri Müzesi Müdürlüğü’ & Personal visit (2001) .

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