A few weeks ago, we took advantage of the fact that the Müzekart had been made available to foreign residents in Turkey by shelling out 50 TL for a Müzekart+. And recently, we actually made use of it, showing it to the lady in the ticket booth amongst the ruins of Kayaköy. This year, entrance to Kayaköy costs a very reasonable 5 TL, so it might only be a small dent we’ve made in our Müzekart+ fee – 5 TL down, 45 TL to go – but it’s there, all the same.
This year, it was announced that Kayaköy has been earmarked for tourist and local development by the government and we’ve heard and read various accounts of what this proposed development is going to entail. Well, just as we’ve been photographing the changes and restoration of Fethiye’s ancient Telmessos Theatre, we’ve decided to capture as many images of Kayaköy as we can…so it looks as though our Müzekarts are going to come in very useful!
Because we really don’t know how Kayaköy is going to change, we want to record as much as we can in photographs, as it is now.
When a friend was out recently, we went for a good wander around the ruins – he’d never been before so it was a good excuse to take our time and walk along pathways we haven’t ventured along in many years and begin the photo taking process – not that I ever need much of an excuse to take too many photos.
Over recent times, the ruins of Kayaköy have become more of a thoroughfare for us as we make the short climb up the hillside before dropping down more gradually to the lagoon on the Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz walk.
We’re usually with friends who also know the ruins well, so we trudge along the same path, past the same ruins and via the higher church. It was good to be able to spend a few solitary moments in the lower church on this visit.
The last photos we have of this building are from 1998 and we’re not even sure where they are, anymore. From what we can remember, not a lot has changed.
The remaining paintwork on the interior of the building makes it one of the more colourful constructions in Kayaköy and it’s still easy to imagine a Greek Orthodox congregation in here, taking part in the church service.
While strolling through the ruins, it’s not difficult to come across the waymarkers for the path that takes you over to Ölüdeniz, and this newly erected one also points the walker off in the direction of Ovacık, just above Hisarönü. We’ve never walked this route but it’s been added to our mental list as a result of this.
Inevitably, we ended up on the footpath towards Ölüdeniz because our friend wanted to see inside the higher church which is along the route.
Barry and our friend walked off with purpose but I hung back to get more photos of places previously unnoticed, places we’ve walked past countless times.
There’s a certain melancholic serenity about spring wildflowers growing amongst the ruins. You can visit this post for more photos of spring flowers in Kayaköy. It’s our favourite time of year to visit the village.
When we first visited Kayaköy in 1998, it was with virgin eyes and we soaked all in. As the years have progressed, while we’ve grown to love this area and visited many times, we know we’ve lapsed into accepting our surroundings for what they are.
This visit, a couple of weeks ago, has marked the beginning of looking at and photographing Kayaköy with brand new eyes, once again.
We’ll be there again at the weekend, hopefully, for the Kayaköy Cultural Connections Festival – more photos are, of course, inevitable.