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Carpet Factory in Abandoned Greek Church

Dikilitas, Turkey

August 28, 2014, 6pm

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Dikilitaş, Greek Enehil, is a small village in the province of Niğde. Before the peoples exchange between Tukrey and Greece in 1923 about 200 Greek and 80 Muslim families lived here. The church had been built in the middle of the 19th century. It is probably dedicated to St.George. Directly under the gable is a stone relief, showing St.George on a horse with a lance in his hand. Until 2008 (?) the church was used as a factory for hand knotted carpets. According to the people in the village they have knotted the biggest (160m²) carpet of Turkey. Although we had received the key from the village's mayor, the door could not be opened until one of the village children climbed into the building through a small window and opened from inside. It was very dark and a great surprise to find a carpet factory in an abandoned church. The dust of years had covered everything. I shot my pano with very long exposure times (15s, f11, ISO400) while the children were playing around. After a while we left again and one of the children pressed the light switch...

Europe / Turkey

Lat: 38° 6' 21.12" N
Long: 35° 5' 25.58" E

Elevation: 1460m

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Canon 6D, Tamron 24-70mm SP @ 24mm

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