after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey
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after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

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After sunset at the end of a very cloudy day, near Göreme. <br />Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the strangest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile.

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A: before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 160 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

B: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 370 meters away

Tuff rocks in the Meskendir valley between Göreme and Çavuşin.

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

C: Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 460 meters away

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

Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Red Valley

by Ricky Ling, 480 meters away

Red Valley

E: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 480 meters away

On a path in the Meskendir Valley; there are everywhere in the rocks remains of former cave houses an...

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 750 meters away

The Meskendir cave church is a cross-vaulted dome church with red ornamental paintings directly on th...

Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Close to the Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 780 meters away

Cappadocian landscape directly underneath the Meskendir cave church.

Close to the Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 870 meters away

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

Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

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

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 980 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

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

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 980 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

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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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