Photographer's Note

This is the Yivli minare (Fluted minaret), one of the landmarks of Antalya, a large city on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Since 2016 it is inscribed in the Tentative list of World heritage sites in Turkey. It is part of a mosque complex from the 13th century, most of which today contains a museum.

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I continue my journey through Turkey in the summer of 1971. These photos were all taken with a very simple camera and are scanned from Agfacolor slides. I don't need to point out that the quality can't be compared with that of modern digital cameras.

My last photo was taken in Izmir. After three nights in the country's third largest city I continued by bus along a scenic road to Antalya. In those days Antalya had a population of about 100 000, today it has grown to more than 1,2 million. Already in 1971 I found it rather too touristy, today it is one of the major hubs of the Turkish tourism sector. I didn't particularly like it then and I would not consider going there now.

In 2018 Antalya was reported to be the 16th most visited city in the world, receiving more than 9,4 million tourists. That was way above incomparably more interesting cities such as Florence, Moscow, Athens and Cairo (#47–50), each with "less" than 5 million visitors. Hong Kong was #1 with almost 28 million.

Apart from the Yivli minare, a couple of mosques and interesting traditional buildings in the old part of the city, Antalya didn't have much to please me. The highlight of my visit was an excursion to Aspendos, the site of the probably best preserved ancient Greek theater anywhere. In Antalya itself I most enjoyed the view from the top of the Yivli minare, nowadays closed to the public.

I was surprised to find that this remarkable minaret hasn't been seen on TE for more than five years.

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