Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia.

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A: Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 20 meters away

Ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia. Visible in the background is the extinct volca...

Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

B: Pigeon Loft - Monastery

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 30 meters away

Abandoned monastery from the 10th century in the tuff rocks of Cappadocia. After abandoning the local...

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C: Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 30 meters away

View from a cave to the ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia.

Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 120 meters away

Ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia. The walls show some fragments of the historic ...

Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 120 meters away

Ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia with the volcano Hasan Dag in the background.

Canli Kilise, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Selime Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.8 km away

Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains man...

Selime Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Selime Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.8 km away

Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains man...

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H: Selime Cathedral

by Ahmet Emin Zırh, 10.8 km away

Selime Cathedral

Selime Cathedral

I: The Cathedral Selime

by Ahmet Emin Zırh, 10.8 km away

Hasan Mountain view from the cathedral Selime

The Cathedral Selime

J: Selime Cathedral

by Ahmet Emin Zırh, 10.8 km away

Selime Cathedral

Selime Cathedral

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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