Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Tuff rocks in the Meskendir valley between Göreme and Çavuşin.

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A: Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 130 meters away

This small Byzantine church is next to a path inside a single tuff rock cone.

Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

B: after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 370 meters away

After sunset at the end of a very cloudy day, near Göreme. Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volca...

after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

C: before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 430 meters away

Sunset at the end of a very cloudy day, near Göreme. Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tu...

before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 600 meters away

Facade of an unfortunately locked cave building in the Güllüdere Valley.

Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Red Valley

by Ricky Ling, 680 meters away

Red Valley

F: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 700 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley, inside a tuff rock cone. T...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 700 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley. The apse shows the incarna...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 700 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley. The apse shows the incarna...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

I: Üc Hacli Church, Cappadocia Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 810 meters away

View at the Üc Hacli Kilise (= church with the three crosses) inside a tuff rock. The three crosses a...

Üc Hacli Church, Cappadocia Turkey

J: Üc Hacli Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 810 meters away

Inside the Üc Hacli Kilise (= church with the three crosses) in a tuff rock.The frescoes tell stories...

Üc Hacli Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

This panorama was taken in Cappadocia

This is an overview of Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a part of central Turkey. Eruptions of several volcanoes (e.g. Erciyes Dag, Hasan Dag) had covered the area with tuff. Erosion dug valleys and created an uncountable number of different shaped rocks. The tuff's ability to store water made the valleys much more fertile than the higher surroundings. After the arrival of the first people, they soon started to dig caves into the soft stone. By the time they developed the ability to dig cities into the underground with tunnels of several kilometers. A sophisticated pipe- and tunnel-system cared for fresh air and water, to enable the people to hide from enemies for a long time. In the 5th century hermits started to settle in the valleys and to paint their caves. In the next centuries more and more hermits and monks arrived and a rich cave-architecture with colourfull wallpaintings developed. The most famous are the churches of Goereme and the Peristrema Valley (=Ihlara Valley) between Ihlara and Selime. Today thousands of tourists from all over the world are visiting the area.

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