This red clay monument is in the main square. It is quite an interesting piece of work.
Completed in 1974, by H Omer Taskin. The top of the monument shows a potter at work.
Underneath are a woman and girl weaving a carpet on a loom - another traditional craft of the area.
The left is a laughing tourist in shorts with a beard, carrying a camera and a bunch of grapes. He stands on a pair of hands!! On the right is a self portrait of Taskin.
The back of the statue there is a donkey, with a female on it, out of a bag there is a child peering out.
Before my trip to Turkey in 1991, I'd seen a TV Programme that featured Avanos, and a potter, who collected snippings of his visitors hair, which he displayed on the cave wall of his pottery!
I'd forgotten all about this, until during my stay in Cappadoccia, when I'd decided to visit Avanos.
Wandering around, I came across a pottery and entered. It wasn't until I'd been there a while, and eventually entered 'the cave' and saw hundreds, if not thousands of strands of hair that I remembered the TV programme.
Well it wasn't too long before the proprietor had introduced himself, and asked if he could have a piece of my hair. He produced a pair of scissors, selected a piece of hair that wouldn't be visibly missed, snipped, then produced a piece of card for me to write my name and address, which he then attached to my piece of hair, and hung it amongst the 16,000+ strands of blonde, brunette, black, multi coloured, straight, curls, dreadlocks etc.
I hope to return again one day to see if my hair is still there - and reminisce on those pre - grey hair days!!
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Zelve Open Air Museum is the site of a 4th century monastery, where three canyons meet in one valley.
It is located 5km away from Avanos, and is where the most earth pillars are found. It became a religious center with constructed monastery and churches during the iconoclastic age.
Zelve village, which was settled here until 1952, was moved 3km away and Zelve became an open air museum.
Visit Devrent Valley to see the fairy chimneys.
This valley is situated between Avanos, Zelve and Urgup, and is called "pink valley" because of the color of its soil. The new road that cuts the valley enables the visitors reach its beauties. This valley has heaps of interesting rock formations and the fairy chimneys to look at.
Devrent Valley has never been inhabited, therefore there are no houses or churches here.
Visitors should leave the main road and climb the slopes to enjoy the fairy chimneys.
During my visit, I enjoyed wandering around this busy interesting market to be continued....