The City of Princes – Amasya
In the Green River the gentle current turns the wooden water wheels, nearby the banks are lined with chiaroscuro Ottoman Yalı’s. For the birds that fly over the valley the geographical extremes of salience and flatness must be quite apparent, our town is a thin line corned by rugged mountains. We are in the ancient town of Amasya. Here hailed the Greek philosopher Strabo, who mapped the then known world. It was here young heirs of the Ottoman Sultanate practiced their hand at governance, and it was here that the proclamation of Turkish independence was first declared against occupying Allied powers.
Ottoman Yali’s set against the Pontic tombs
The valley below is dominated by the Pontic Mountains. The ancients have cut stone steps deep into the face of the mountain. The ascent of generations of men has worn these steps smooth and polished.
Steps ascending the mountains
High in the mountains great…
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