"Afyonkarahisar (Opium Black Castle)" Afyon by traveloturc

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First of all I think that we have to solve the misunderstanding about the name of the city ...Afyon is the abbreviation of the city and the exact name of the city is Afyonkarahisar ( a little longer)))and the meaning of this city is Opium black castle ...From the strategical position Afyonkarahisar is accepted as the lock of Anatolia and thats why the independence war of Turkiye was done around this city 85 years ago...The city is also very famous with the cuisine

Please watch this small video about Afyon
A small video about Afyon


People living in Anatolia, which is an important passage between continents, have established important civilizations with the influence of its geopolitical location. Afyonkarahisar is also an important passage on its location in Anatolia and is a factor in establishment, development and expansion of important civilizations.
Chronological order in Afyonkarahisar is as follows:
Old Bronze Age, Hittites, Phyrgians, Lydians, Persions, Hellenistic Period, Roman Era, Byzantine Era, Seljuks, Otomans and finally Turkish Republic.
We come across different cultural layers that carry traces of civilizations that have occurred between the period from the Old Bronze Age until today. Cultural developments that continue with the arrival of Hittites, Phyrgians, Persions, Romans,Byzantines and the Turks have continued without interruption in Anatolia as well as in Afyonkarahisar.
a small video about old Afyon :


Opium Poppies

The name of the city is derivated from Opium because even in this days many of the people is cultivated opium for making breads and and they are using the oil of opium which has nothing to do with the medicament of Opium ..for somebody who doest know about it only the "milk "of opium is dangerous because it s the base of Morphine and the rest is very useful..
Cultivation of opium poppies for food, anesthesia, and ritual purposes dates back to at least the Neolithic. The Sumerian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Minoan, Greek, Roman, and Persian Empires each made widespread use of opium, which was the most potent form of pain relief, allowing ancient surgeons to perform prolonged surgical procedures.

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  • Pros:good food
  • Cons:very conservative city
  • In a nutshell:The lock of Anatalia
  • Intro Updated Oct 19, 2010
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  • St_Vincent's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Thanks for your birthday wishes Macit, you have some interesting pages. Best wishes, Clive

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