Capadoccia is in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey and is often described as the land of fairy chimneys and troglodytes. It is about 10,000 years old. The landscape is unusual and beautiful, volcanic in origin and eroded during the millenia by man and nature. It is strange and exotic... Since the airline had lost my luggage, I walked in borrowed clothing (thank god for this woman, and it was the last time I ever travelled in a low heel)). There was simply no preparation for what I would see.
There are many simple and exquisite churches within the cave dwellings. They evolved at different times, but the paint is very well preserved in some,
We spent one day in the underground cities where early Christians could live undetected by persecuting Romans...actually, less than that. As we descended, level upon level, the walls seemed to close in and the ceilings lowered. People were much shorter in those days and one of our group became horribly claustrophobic and hysterical. Even I felt uneasy and I am not that sensitive. Although this city was intriguing...I can't imagine living down there.
The people of Cappadocia value their rich and ancient heritage and it has become part of life today. Here is a present day monastery,
I spent one night at this hotel, beautiful...We went out for dinner and I saw my first (and only) whirling dervish. He was mesmerizing.
Wow,those are amazing. My friend that I traveled to Turkey with in 2000 had been there and I've seen some photos but these are outstanding. I was supposed to meet my friend in Athens and we were going to go to some Greek Islands and then sail up the coast of Turkey back to Istanbul. She was coming from Spain,I from N.Y. My date of departure was to be 9/12/01. I never went and resent it to this day. My mother could not have withstood my flying to a foreign country that soon after. I did see some whirling dervishes and remain amazed at the memory of. Thank you so much.
I've only been to Istanbul, but I know that the country has tons of natural wonders. Every spring there is a big advertising campaign on television and in the metro for destinations like Turkey, which vie for several weeks of everyone's summer holiday time. So the subway walls are plastered with the wonders of Turkey at the moment.
These photos make me finally want to make the effort to get beyond Istanbul.
Thank you! Ah yes, the pointy 'roofs' are natural, and I saw many camels...I rode one!
Many of the people do live in the cave houses, although they have been adapted for modern life in relative degrees. This photo most clearly shows what can be done. (not my photo) Notice the electric, telephone and TV wires...
This is my room from the hotel I stayed in the first night (above post)...
This is the 'bed and breakfast' of my second night and my room with the small arched windows...
If there isn't actual use of the caves they seem to build or cut the stone to integrate with the surroundings.