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Old house in Ağırnas, Kayseri province, central Turkey.

Ağırnas (pop. 4058 in 2008) is a small town some 20 km north of the city of Kayseri. It is the birthplace of Turkey's most famous architect (Mimar) Sinan. Like many villages in the vicinity it had until World War I a mixed population of Muslims, Armenians and Greeks. Many of the houses of this period remain. Ağirnas is something like a open air museum, but it is rarely visited by foreign tourists. Like many villages in Cappadocia (to the west of Kayseri) it has an underground city with several levels as well, which was used as shelter in times of emergency.

Traditional houses in this area are typically stone built, with artfully ornamented rain discharge pipes. Probably this particular house had once a second floor, but I am not sure.

For more of my photos of Agirnas, see here

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