Scott Redford is Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art and Director of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations, Koç University, Istanbul. He specializes in the art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia and the eastern Mediterranean in the medieval period. He has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys in Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, and the United Arab Emirates. His latest book, to be published in 2012 by Koç University Press, is entitled Legends of Authority: the 1215 Seljuk Citadel Inscriptions of Sinop, Turkey.
The Seljuk sultans who fell in love with Alanya and tamed its wild hillsides in the thirteenth century left a legacy of walled gardens and verdant terraces that is only now being rediscovered. Today’s landowners range from a Texan ambassador to a Turkish banana farmer. They too have fallen under Alanya’s spell. By Scott Redford. Photographs by Sigurd Kranendonk and Astrid von Schell