Monday, March 26, 2012

Yarimburgaz Cave

Yarimburgaz Cave - TAY Project
As I was writing Burnt Amber, I had a cave in mind for a key location. Plenty of mythology pointed to the place. When I started writing the Istanbul section of the story, I was hard-pressed for a cave with the local lore I needed. Good thing I watch  Muhteşem Yüzyıl - or I should say, good thing the producers got in legal trouble for using an interesting cave in one of their episodes. Now I have the perfect setting for a scene I've been thinking up...

Details of the Yarimburgaz cave:

  • Located in the Küçükçekmece area, near Istanbul 
  • Formed by and underground river, the double mouthed cave is known for it's prehistoric significance. The earliest evidence of human settlement in Turkey was found there. 
  • Site of a Byzantine church or monastery, similar to many caves in Turkey. 
  • Much archaeological evidence had been destroyed before the official dig. This was due to amateur interest in the old caves, and the worst offender - a mushroom farming operation.
  • Iron bars on the cave are supposed to inhibit people from entering. 

Muhteşem Yüzyıl producers are accused of using the cave as a setting, and digging a "hot spring" inside.
My question is this: Who unlocked the gates? And how did no one notice a film crew setting up there? The cave has been used in previous films and TV shows, so maybe no one thought anything of it?


Old Kitty said...

Poor cave!! Hope all the damaging ends now!

Take care

LTM said...

OK, first I'm giggling at Kitty's comment... But second, I'm totally with you on this. Film crews are big, noisy, bright, and hard to miss.

But that's a great cave. What a happy umm... accident? For you! :o) <3

Sarah said...

Hrm. I can't help but think it would be difficult and expensive to film on location like that--and with today's technology, it seems simpler not to. Maybe they can recreate it with a green screen! Not quite the same, of course ...

Southpaw said...

Were there no signs? And ya, who opened the gate?

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