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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Atach

Back to roots: Mesopotamia.

Travel story and fashion editorial for Scimparello Magazine

Photography and styling: Alexandra Atach

Model Noyemi Pia @noyemipia Location Eastern Turkey

From Scimparello magazine story:

We thank Alexandra Atach for taking us to these magical places and giving us a little history lesson. We would like to pack our bags immediately and breathe in the air of the place where it all began.

Alexandra tells us: “Mesopotamia is a historical region in Western Asia, located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, north of the so-called Fertile Crescent. We visited this region, which today is part of Turkey.

Noyemi’s paternal side of the family originated in eastern Turkey, in the town of Dicle (right where the Tigris river has its source). This project came about during a family trip, inspired by the fact that we were not only in the place where mankind originated, but also where Noyemi’s roots lay.

It was amazing to explore these ancient places, which still hold unknown mysteries.

Like Egil, an ancient city 50 km from Diyarbakir with fortresses and caves dating back to the Armenian kingdom of Sophene.

Or Cayonu Tepesi, a Neolithic settlement in south-eastern Turkey that flourished between 8630 and 6800 BC. It is located north of Diyarbakir, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.

We then went to Mount Nemrut which reaches a height of 2134 metres; on its summit stand large statues around what is believed to be a royal tomb from the first century BC. It is one of the highest peaks in the area. Many ruins on Mount Nemrud are imperial monuments dedicated to Commagene and Antiochus I.”

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