In her recent email to me here in Turkey, my daughter Allegra (10) asked about all the big spiders in Turkey that she has heard about. Well, in one of the bascillias, this is what we found. It is hard to determine size from this photo, as there is nothing to show scale. However, it is about the size of a smallish hand. So, Allegra.... there's what you've been waiting for! Sadly, when we tried to urge this critter to move, we discovered that it had met its death. I will keep a lookout for alive spiders for you, Allegra!