Into the Pontic Mountains, Mosques with Snow

Since Izmir, we have traveled by bus routes bordered by snow swept mountains.  The weather has been cool with lows around freezing and highs varying from 5° C (41° F) to 15° C (59° F).  After leaving Sivas for Erzurum, the temperature started dropping and the plains between the mountain ridges retained snow.  The day was clear and sunny so the views were spectacular.  Being unable to capture the magnificence of the mountain scenes from inside the bus was frustrating.  The photos did turn out halfway decent but nothing compared to traveling through it for seven hours.

Sivas-Erzurum
Sivas-Erzurum
Sivas-Erzurum
Sivas-Erzurum

The bus station for Erzurum lies several kilometers out of town.  The kind bus conductor helped us get a minibus shuttle into the city and a taxi to our somewhat obscure hotel.  The streets were a bit slippery with the remnants of previous snow storms.

The next morning we awoke to find about 10 cm (4 in) of freshly fallen white stuff.  Although we have seen Mosques in snow in Sarajevo and Istanbul, these photos show the peacefulness the best.

Waking up in Erzurum
Waking up in Erzurum
Kaleşeyh Cami (Mosque)
Kaleşeyh Cami (Mosque)
Lala Mustafa Pasha Cami (Mosque)
Lala Mustafa Pasha Cami (Mosque)
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Yakutiye Medresesi