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Bayburt is overshadowed by an unfeasibly large citadel.

Bayburt is overshadowed by an unfeasibly large citadel.

At the start of the Great Kaçkar Expedition, I drove from Erzurum to Trabzon via Bayburt and Gümüşhane.

I was concentrating on the endless twisting curves of the roads so I never took photos in Bayburt until a return visit in 2015. However, I met a lot of Bayburtlu at a cirit tournament in Okmeydanı.

Cirit is a sport that has been played in Turkey since about the 11th century when mounted nomadic tribes began to enter the area. A member of one team rides his horse towards the other team. He challenges a man by calling his name and hurling his javelin at him. The player who has been challenged now pursues the challenger with the aim of running him down and hitting him with his javelin. A feature of the sport is the ability to ride a horse with speed and accuracy whilst hanging from the side in order to present a smaller target for incoming javelins.

These photos were taken during a match between teams from Bayburt and Erzurum.

A player shows his pleasure at being challenged.

A player shows his pleasure at being challenged.

This man was the refreshment tent.

This man was the refreshment tent.

A challenger throws his javelin.

A challenger throws his javelin.

A player begins his response to a challenge.

A player begins his response to a challenge.

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  1. Enormousfish | 81 Provinces of Turkey | Adam Kaya Heskith | Author and Writer | Enormousfish Says:
    May 5th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    […] 60 Tokat 61 Trabzon 62 Tunceli 63 Şanlıurfa 64 Uşak 65 Van 66 Yozgat 67 Zonguldak 68 Aksaray 69 Bayburt 70 Karaman 71 Kırıkkale 72 Batman 73 Şırnak 74 Bartın 75 Ardahan 76 Iğdır 77 Yalova 78 […]

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