Pictures of Safranbolu, Turkey.

Pictures, Images & Photos of the Ottoman Architecture of Safronbolu, Turkey.

Pictures & images of the Ottoman Turkish architecture of Safranbolu, Turkey. Safranbolu derives its name from the Saffron the city traded had 3 caravanserais, overnight stopping places for camel caravan trains. Conquered during the Turkish expansion into Anatolia in the 11th century, the town still has many Ottoman Turkish style buildings. The town is one of the most complete from this era possibly due to the continuing importance of the Saffron trade in the area. The half timbered Ottoman style houses sit high on windowless stables rooms. Each mansion had a male and female (harem) area and were well insulated. They are characterised by their overhanging eves and rooms that jut out from the building supported by wooden braces. The caravan trade of the Silk Route reached its peak in the 16th century before its eventual demise to shipping.

The importance of the architecture of Safranbolu has been recognised and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Pictures of Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Pictures, Images & Photos of the Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire.

Pictures & Images of Robin Hood's Bay. Robin Hood's Bay is a small fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast whose houses tumble down the cliffs linked by a maize of small alleys. This picturesque village is famous for its tales of smuggling and the close proximity of the houses and their underground cellars led to the stories that smugglers could land their tea, brandy tobacco or gin on the beach then move the contraband up through the cellars of the houses to the top of the village without the Excise Officers ever knowing.

Robin Hood's Bay was settled by Danish Vikings in about 1000. After the conquest of William The Conqueror in 1066 the area was given to Tancred the Fleming who sold it to the Abbot of Whitby.

The people of the Bay relied upon fishing and farming using as style of boat known as the Coble to catch herring which were then sent over the Moors to York. Today few fishermen work from the little harbour of Robing Hood's Bay and the village relies upon tourism. Apart from the picturesque village visitors come to Robin Hood's Bay to look for fossils in the layer of Jurassic shales that lies along the beach.

The whole of the East coast of England is slowly sinking into the sea and the coast is getting heavily eroded. To save Robin Hood's Bay high sea walls have been built to protect the village.

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