Trippy Travel Photo #18: Harran Beehive House, Eastern Turkey

TTP 18

In this round of the Trippy Travel Photo Game, the photo was of a Harran beehive house in Eastern Turkey, near Sanliurfa–aka, Urfa. After a number of guesses, someone won the game by following the steps below and successfully identifying the image.

1. Look at the Photo/Study the Details

2. Guess What/Where/Why!

What is the subject of this photo?

Where exactly was I traveling when I saw it?

(If you have no idea, it’s OK to make up silly answers. That’s fun, too!)

3. Check Back Later!

–Post your guesses here in the Comments Section (tweets and FB comments don’t count–sorry)

–Keep checking and guessing as the guessing gets good…

–See who won…maybe it will be you!

And the Winner Is….

Dyanne of When others were merely warm, her guessing was hot and in very little time, she nailed it!

The Answer: Beehive House, Harran, Turkey

This photo, of a traditional “beehive” house–the roof, specifically–was shot in the Harran in Eastern Turkey. No wood or stone was used to make this structure–just adobe–and as you can imagine, it helped keep people cool in a brutally hot climate.

The Harran was a major cultural, commercial, and religious center back in the Bronze Age, and was first inhabited in 2300 BC. The city was the home of the Mesopotamian moon god Sin, under the Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Romans. Some people are still inhabiting the region.

Here’s another photo–this one of several of the homes.

Harran beehive houses

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25 Responses to Trippy Travel Photo #18: Harran Beehive House, Eastern Turkey
  1. Jamie Ouye
    March 21, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    My guess is chimney for a stove or fireplace. From the stones somewhere in your extensive travels in Latin America. Never been to the Mayan ruins and the stones look too new for ruins, but similar in type and size so I hypothesize some village on the outskirts somewhere in Mexico.

    • CB Driver
      March 21, 2012 | 10:46 pm

      Hi, Jamie. Cool guess–and I can see exactly why you’d think it’s Latin America, but….it’s not. Try again? :)

  2. Eric @ Trans-Americas Journey
    March 21, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Native American Kiva in the Southwest?
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    • CB Driver
      March 21, 2012 | 10:45 pm

      Hey, Eric. That’s a great guess. Love it. And there’s something about it that’s warm–in the sense of materials involved, I believe. Wrong continent, however. Thanks for playing!

  3. Jonathan (@retrotraveller)
    March 21, 2012 | 6:22 pm

    Reminds me of the corbelled roof you find inside some of the Neolithic tombs and underground chambers in Orkney and Shetland Isles…

    Dont think it is there though…
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    • CB Driver
      March 21, 2012 | 10:40 pm

      Hi, Jonathan–great guess. Love it! Never been there, but it sounds cool. I just Google the “corbelled roof” and see the resemblance. You’re warm in terms of continent–sort of, well–not really. Maybe…LOL

  4. Robert Watson
    March 21, 2012 | 7:06 pm

    Well, it is taken indoors, using flash, and it looks like you are shooting directly upwards. So, a tall conical roof made of blocks of stone. They are regular in size, so guessing the stone is soft-ish – perhaps limestone or tuff, rather than hard basalt.

    Not game to guess at the location LOL

    • CB Driver
      March 21, 2012 | 10:38 pm

      Brilliant guess, Robert, in terms of what “it” is made of. I’d say you’re on the right track. Not stone–true. :) Re: the location….perhaps you’ll see the other guesses and narrow it down. So far, though, you’re the winner!

  5. Nate
    March 21, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    Easy! That’s looking up a chimney, inside a traditional Kangaroo smoker, from Oomadabilliabong, in far North Western Australia.

    What do I win?
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    • CB Driver
      March 21, 2012 | 10:33 pm

      Love that guess, Nate. A great one! You win my smile (for now) since that’s not it. Try again? :)

  6. Robert Watson
    March 23, 2012 | 2:16 am

    I was in a meeting today and suddenly recalled a place (which I have never been to) in southern Italy which has houses with conical stone roofs. I don’t even know the name of the place – but I can visualize that inside the houses would look something like your photo.
    This place in Italy isn’t ancient (not Megalithic or Neolithic) – maybe only a few hundred years old.

    • CB Driver
      March 23, 2012 | 3:22 am

      Hi, Robert. Great guess! You’re getting warm….definitely! But what you see in the photo is technically a bit older and in another country. But you are getting closer…. Thanks!

  7. Jonathan (@retrotraveller)
    March 24, 2012 | 5:33 am

    This trulli is difficult …
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    • CB Driver
      March 25, 2012 | 6:56 am

      Yes, it is….lol. I think you can guess it, though. It’s in Europe–sort of.

  8. Dyanne
    March 27, 2012 | 10:40 pm

    I’m probably way off here but it kind of looks like something I saw on PBS called a Nuraghe located on the island of Sardinia. But I think you said earlier it wasn’t in Italy. Oh well! :)

  9. Megan
    March 27, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    Is it the roof of a little building/hut in Ireland????
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    • CB Driver
      March 29, 2012 | 8:08 pm

      Hi, Megan. Great guess–but no…sorry. It’s not in Ireland. Any other ideas? PS: I’ll give you a hint… It’s a Mediterranean country!

  10. Natalie
    March 30, 2012 | 12:49 am

    This is bugging me now. For some reason, maybe because you have traveled extensively in Turkey, that is where I think the picture was taken. It seems like the funnel is going down into the ground but the light at the end of the tunnel suggests a tower going up so I am taking a pot guess at Galata tower?
    Natalie recently posted..Galata Bridge : The Happening Place to BeMy Profile

    • CB Driver
      April 1, 2012 | 4:20 pm

      Hi, Natalie. Yes, it’s Turkey! If you move your guess to the East, you may just get it! :)

  11. Dyanne
    April 3, 2012 | 11:59 pm

    Is it inside one of the ancient cone houses in Harran Village of the Ufra Region, Turkey? Made of mud-brick?
    Dyanne recently posted..Celebrate The Obscure And UnusualMy Profile

    • Robert Watson
      April 4, 2012 | 7:31 am

      Aren’t those houses made of mud, not stone? #justasking

      • CB Driver
        April 4, 2012 | 8:35 am

        Actually, adobe. PS: Someone just won! A woman named Dyanne. Will post a detailed explanation of what it was soon. Just so that you’re not left hanging (even though I do enjoy doing that at times), it’s a cone house in the Harran in Eastern Turkey. :)

    • CB Driver
      April 4, 2012 | 8:32 am

      Yay–you are the winner, Dyanne. Congrats! I’ll list you and your site in a day or so and a complete explanation of the photo. Thanks so much for playing! :)

  12. Jonathan (@retrotraveller)
    April 29, 2012 | 7:13 am

    No way… I’ve been there, but would never have guessed it!! Well done to Dyanne…
    Jonathan (@retrotraveller) recently posted..Ishak Pasha PalaceMy Profile

    • CB Driver
      May 1, 2012 | 8:42 am

      I had a feeling you were there once, Jonathan. Yes–congrats to Dyanne!

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