Mixing Seljuk tombs, mosques and modern developments, Kayseri is both Turkey's most Islamic city after Konya and one of the economic powerhouses nicknamed the 'Anatolian tigers'. Colourful silk headscarfs are piled in the bazaar, one of the country's biggest, and businesses shut down at noon on Friday, but Kayseri's religious leanings are less prominent than its manufacturing prowess. The city's residents, overlooked and inspired by Erciyes Daği, are confident of its future and proud of its past. With no need to rely on the tourism game for their income, Kayseri's people are often less approachable than folk in Göreme et al, and this can be frustrating and jarring if you arrive fresh from the fairy chimneys. However, if you are passing through this transport hub, it's worth taking a look at a Turkish boom town with a strong sense of its own history.
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