Michelle Jana Chan (TU 1990-92) on Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf in southeastern Turkey is one of humanity’s oldest urban settlements – inhabited for at least twelve thousand years. Or at least old Hasankeyf was – until it was flooded by the waters built up behind the controversial Ilisu Dam. Some original monuments – its bathhouse and remnants of a 14th-century mosque, as well as over 500 graves – were rescued, but many local people wonder whether too much of its special character has been lost forever.

Michelle Jana Chan went to see what remains.

Michelle’s piece starts at 21 minutes 57 seconds.

 

(photo credit: Dosseman)