Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Asia the first time -Aksaray

16th March 2015


I have never been to Asia but I believe it is a fantastic corner of the world. On 19th to 25th April I am going to Aksaray in Turkey. It is a business trip with my students for international project. The trip will be long and tiring. This part of Turkey belongs to Asia.


Aksaray region was an important stopover along the Silk Road that crossed through Anatolia for centuries and the city of Aksaray has a long history.
The town of Garsaura was named Archelaïs (GreekἈρχελαΐς) by Archelaus of Cappadocia, the last Cappadocian king. InRoman times, the town was known as Colonia (Κολώνεια) and was a bishopric and an important military centre, holding an imperial aplekton. Of its bishops, Euphrasius was at the First Council of Nicaea in 325, Bosporus (who is mentioned in correspondence of Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus) at the First Council of Constantinople in 381, Daniel at the Council of Ephesus in 431, Aristomachus (who was also a signatory of the letter of the bishops of the Roman province of Cappadocia Tertia, to which Colonia belonged, to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian about the killing of Proterius of Alexandria in 458) at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, Alexander at a council called by Patriarch Menas of Constantinople in 536, and Conon at theTrullan Council of 692.[6][7][8] No longer a residential bishopric, Colonia in Cappadocia is today listed by the Catholic Church as atitular see.[9] Colonia is also a titular metropolis in Turkey of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The town was also prosperous during Ottoman times due to its proximity to Tuz Gölü (Lake Tuz), which was a primary source of salt for Anatolia.
The region came under the control of the Seljuk Turks after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate they founded left important landmarks in and around Aksaray. The Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta who was in the region in the 14th century was impressed by the class of Muslim traders that had emerged in Aksaray and noted the urban centre as "a beautiful city, surrounded by waterways and gardens, with a water supply coming right to the houses of the city."
Aksaray was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1470 by the İshak Pasha, and many inhabitants of the city were relocated to Constantinople, recently captured by the Ottomans, where they were settled in a quarter of the city that came to be named Aksaray.



I believe the journey will be safe for us.

18 comments:

  1. i hope it will be a safe trip and an interesting one.

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  2. It looks like it will be interesting place to visit. Who can resist an old village alongside a river.

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    1. Andrew I believe you are right. I am goind to make a lot of photos..

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  3. Looks like a really neat place, Gosia, I hope it will be safe and enjoyable. :)

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  4. Enjoy. Thanks for telling about the place you are going to visit..
    Is there a problem with safety in Turkey?

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    1. Dear Margaret, Turkey is divided in European part and Asian one. This one which belonges to Asia and is located near Syria is not so safe..

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  5. Gosia, I'm sure you will have a wonderful time, take lots of pictures, and be sure to share with us!

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    1. Linda I am going to take as lot photos as possible. Believe me..

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  6. Lovely place...lake view. Do take more pictures and share with us.

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    1. Promise I will make a lot photos and share with you..

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  7. What an exciting opportunity. I have never been anywhere in Asia and can't wait to read about your trip.

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    1. Mitchell, so be patient I prepare a lot of posts about this journey.

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  8. Wow, that sounds like an exciting trip! I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Cynthia, I am waiting for it but I believe all will be safe. This part of Turkey should be safe but who knows...I am taking sttudent. The flkight is not direct and lats about 12 hours from Poland.. and thes bus ... the roads are not good there as I know..

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  9. I'm sure it will be fun! But tiring. ;-)

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  10. You are going to love it. We've been to Turkey twice and were very impressed. Cappadocia is such an amazing place.

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