Volunteer guards of Değle archaeological site in Karaman work in turn
Volunteer guards of Degle ruins in Karaman are on duty in turn
İsa Karalı and Veysel Özyaşar, who live in Üçkuyu village in the region called "Binbir Church" in Montenegro, within the borders of Karaman, protect historical buildings against treasure hunters.
The extinct volcanic mountain Karadağ, located 45 kilometers from the city center on the Konya-Karaman border, which has hosted many civilizations for centuries, draws attention with the historical buildings around it.
The area, which is named as Thousand and One Churches in the region, is of great importance in terms of Anatolian culture with its mostly surviving churches, monasteries and tombs.
The Değle archaeological site, known as Üçkuyu village, which was an active episcopal center between the 4th and 9th centuries AD, hosts a significant part of these structures.
The ruins in Konya-Karaman destination where tourists spend a lot of time; It also impresses visitors with its high altitude, wide field of view overlooking most of the Konya Plain and its clean air.
In the village of Üçkuyu, which has a registered population of more than 50 but only two people stay during the winter season, 56-year-old Isa Karalı and 50-year-old Veysel Özyaşar are the voluntary watchmen of historical buildings decorated with snow.
Karalı, who is a beekeeper in the village, and Özyaşar, who is engaged in sheep and goat breeding, go to their families living in Karaman every two weeks. The two buddies, who set up voluntary shifts between them to protect the village, its animals and cultural assets, spend their days chatting with visitors.
- Only 2 people live in the village
Karalı told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the village where he lives has crowned the beauty of nature with cultural assets.
Explaining that the village is a neighborhood to the important assets of the Thousand and One Church, Karalı said, "The nature and the weather are beautiful. We are also guarding these places. The treasure hunters are also coming too. The summer is active, but now we stay 2 people. My friend is also animal husbandry. We stop in turns. Shopping. And we go to the city for other needs. When we stay with our families in Karaman, one of us will definitely stop here. " he spoke.
Reminding that the Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew came to the region in 2012, Karalı said that in addition to photographers, local and foreign tourists also showed great interest in the region.
Pointing out that the best preserved and surviving structures of the Thousand and One Churches are located in the village, Karalı pointed out that they protect historical buildings against treasure hunters and said, "We do not get bored, we are happy here because we are used to loneliness and fresh air. Especially the fight against Kovid-19 is in the city, at home. I would be overwhelmed. Case zero here. " said.
Veysel Özyaşar is also among the cultural assets