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Old 12-11-2006, 01:23 PM   #31
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:19 PM   #32
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Our Eastern Blacksea and East Travel


Day 2 & 3


We woke up very early and grab some breakfast. We want it to go back and see Tasyol. Because we couldn't see Tasyol one night before very well because it was so dark.



Houses from Kemaliye, aren't they nice



Here is the magnificent Tasyol, did we pass from here lastnight !



Ohh my god Fırat river is giving very impressive shots



I think i am falling in love with this place, god it is gorgeous


Our Eastern Blacksea and East Travel

Day 2&3
Part2



Suddenly my front brake got stack and i had to stop. I called my bro Mert and ask him how to solve this problem.



ohh my god here is nominee for the homepage photos !
Baldy heree meee





Ohh my god look at this one so amazing






I think they are all beatifull








Insıde the Tasyol there is naturel windows for light and they are so beatifull.





My dear partners, buddies left one Ozan and the other is Cem







Lets give a KTM to little hand





Magnificent tunnels of Tasyol



I hope you guys can go one day





Piece of art from Ozan













Shoot buddy shoot more







The tunnels starts from after this corner













Once again my front break got stuck. Ozan said that your break light was on the way so we discovered one of my hand protectors was touching the front brake. Then we solve the problem, everything is under control.



Very nice bridge over the Firat











This is the willage which we sang songs a bout it ...











These door knobs are so interesting the old man said, the left one for male and the right one for female. So from the sound of it they know visitor man or women






Our cute and clean hotel at Kemaliye.



They do very nice sweets here.





May be we cross 4 or 5 times this rail road but train never showed up



Some local people gave us very nice food how lucky we are thanks alot to them.







After the break we hit the road for Uzungöl. The night was approaching unfortunately we got lost at the Soganli mountains. There of us had gps but we took the 22 kilometres about 3 hours The mountain was so tough. We arrived to Uzungöl close to midnight and found ourselves a very nice hotel and hit the bad...

Here is the tunnels starts from after this road.




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Old 12-11-2006, 02:29 PM   #33
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:02 PM   #34
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:46 AM   #35
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I'm flabbergasted !

Agi, do you have a map, trace... of your trip ?
I'm wondering where you are on the map....
Turkey is marvellous country with so many different landscapes... amazing.

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Old 12-12-2006, 02:13 AM   #36
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Cuneyt, thank you very much for this beautiful report and pictures.

I want to add some informations.

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A mosque converted from a former church and a really sightseeing structure
First of all the "Great Mosque of Divrigi" is not converted from a church. Also it is not only a "mosque". It's an unique masterpiece under Unesco protection. The main portal -picture added by Agirabi- is the most important element in its architecture.

I want to cit the information in Unesco web site:

Brief Description
The mosque has a single prayer room and is crowned by two cupolas. The highly sophisticated technique of vault construction, and a creative, exuberant type of decorative sculpture – particularly on the three doorways, in contrast to the unadorned walls of the interior – are the unique features of this masterpiece of Islamic architecture.


The mosque was built in 1229 by the Mengujukid emir Ahmet Shah, while Melike Turhan Melek, his wife, commissioned the hospital at the same time. It is the oldest complex in Anatolia. The hospital occupies the southern third of the complex.

For more architectural information for whom interested in:

ARCHITECTURE

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Insıde the Tasyol there is naturel windows for light and they are so beatifull.
They are not exactly "natural" and they are not exactly made for the light. It takes a long time to dig this tunnel. The reason is, the people who live here do not have enough money or help from the central government. They did it themselves. In this case they must to do something the debris. They open these windows and throw out all the debris to Firat(Euphrates) River. Let's see:





And of course, the windows are very usefull in the meaning of natural light as Agirabi mentioned.

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Agi, do you have a map, trace... of your trip ?
I'm wondering where you are on the map....
Kktos, here is some maps(taken from Wikipedia):

Sivas, the city where Divrigi Mosque takes place, is one of the middle-sized cities in Turkey:



Firat(Euphrates) River, where the Tasyol(Rock Road) takes place on the northern coast, is approximately 2,780 kilometers (1,730 miles) long. It is formed by the union of two branches, the Kara which issues from an area southwest of Mount Ararat, north of Lake Van. The upper reaches of the Firat flow through steep canyons and gorges, southeast across Syria, and through Iraq. The Khabur and the Balikh River join the Firat in eastern Syria.

Both rivers have their origins in Turkey. Downstream, through its whole length, the Euphrates receives no further water flow. North of Basra, in southern Iraq, the river merges with the Tigris to form the Arvand/Shatt al-Arab, this in turn empties into the Persian Gulf(This information taken from wikipedia).

Here is a map:



Firat is one of the four rivers that flow from the Garden of Eden(Heaven) according to Bible's Genesis 2:14.

It is possible to take a boat tour inside the rocky valley:





and then, you can imagine why it is similar to the heaven, the water brings life to this wild valley:



The Firat Basin is absolutely one of the most beautiful places over the world. I am very lucky that my family has a house, in one of the towns of Kemaliye:



and I have the possibility to look to this world from this window:



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Thank you very much Agirabi, for this trip to the heaven!!


Sanco Panco

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Old 12-12-2006, 02:21 AM   #37
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:34 AM   #38
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@sinanozgen
thanx a lot. history and maps help to render the report yet more alive.

I located Sivas with maps.live.com :
http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=...ir=0&alt=-1000

Also located the place where I went when I was a teenager :
http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=...ir=0&alt=-1000

used Google Earth and found the mosque of Divriği
location : 39°22'24" N, 38°7'24" E

not yet found the Tasyol...


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keep it coming ! it's 100% happiness

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Old 12-12-2006, 08:49 AM   #39
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sinan thanks for the info.
agirabi one thing i don't get it. why this people digged that tunnel? to get a shortcut or something? it is time consuming of course but still a great achievement compared to time it took for those to complete the tunnel around mount bolu.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:19 AM   #41
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Excellent report, thank you.

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Sinan thanks for the info.
Cuneyt agabi ellerine saglik, thanks for the report.
So do you pictures of the hardest dirt you did on this trip?
I need to make to make right decision on tires when I get there this summer.

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Old 12-12-2006, 01:18 PM   #42
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not yet found the Tasyol...


/thierry
Here is the location of Tasyol : N39 17.782 E38 28.863 ( From my garmin ) or

Latitude : 39°17'46.90"N
Longtitude : 38°28'51.80"E

from google earth
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Sinan thanks for the info.
Cuneyt agabi ellerine saglik, thanks for the report.
So do you pictures of the hardest dirt you did on this trip?
I need to make to make right decision on tires when I get there this summer.

No the pictures aren't the hardest on this trip. More hardest places we have been too. Once I had to sit on the front of the tank, i was trying to climb up to hill and drive over the rocks. you can't imagine the pain on my arms but i love it. And i am dying to go back there...
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sinan thanks for the info.
agirabi one thing i don't get it. why this people digged that tunnel? to get a shortcut or something? it is time consuming of course but still a great achievement compared to time it took for those to complete the tunnel around mount bolu.
As you see the area, it is covered by rocky mountains. I think Tasyol is the best shortcut there. Because there is no road around.

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I'm flabbergasted !

Agi, do you have a map, trace... of your trip ?
I'm wondering where you are on the map....
Turkey is marvellous country with so many different landscapes... amazing.

/thierry.
kktos here is the day 1 from Home to Yozgat about 700 kilometres




day 2 from Yozgat to Kemaliye

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