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A: Valley in Cappadocia

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 2.7 km away

Somewhere in Cappadocia, one of many valleys with hundreds of caves.

Valley in Cappadocia

B: Hidden Cave Church

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 3.5 km away

This is one of many hidden cave churches in the valleys of Cappadocia. It's in an remote area with ve...

Hidden Cave Church

C: Valley in Cappadocia

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 5.4 km away

Somewhere in Cappadocia, one of many valleys with hundreds of caves.

Valley in Cappadocia

D: Cave Church

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 5.4 km away

The front of this cave church was built of stones. Inside are wallpaintings, which are very much dama...

Cave Church

E: Cemilköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 6.3 km away

The church of Cemil had been built just before the 2nd World War. In the time of people exchange betw...

Cemilköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Greek Church in Cemil

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 6.6 km away

The church of Cemil had been built just before the 2nd World War. In the time of people exchange betw...

Greek Church in Cemil

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by AHMET GÜMÜŞ, 6.8 km away

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by AHMET GÜMÜŞ, 6.9 km away

I: Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 7.0 km away

View at the landscape with the two tuff cones containing the Kepez churches. Other completely eroded ...

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

J: Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 7.0 km away

Byzantine cave church in a single conical tuff rock. The view into the church shows severe damages an...

Kepez tuff rock churches, 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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