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Cave Church in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Severely damaged cave church near Güzelöz (Mavrucan) with Byzantine frescoes from the 11th - 13th century.

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A: Public Oven in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

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B: Agios Eustatios church in Başköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

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C: Agios Eustatios church in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.0 km away

Agios Eustatios church in Güzelöz (=Mavrucan): The church is connected to a cave. The dome and the wa...

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D: Agios Eustatios church in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.0 km away

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E: Inside the Mavrucan Hac Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Inside a small cave church with wallpaintings in the local Cappadocian style, about 11th century. Wit...

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F: Ruined church in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.1 km away

The old name of the village Güzelöz was Mavrucan. This church had been built in front of a cave in th...

Ruined church in Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Inside the Mavrucan Hac Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.1 km away

Inside a small cave church with wallpaintings in the local Cappadocian style, about 11th century. Wit...

Inside the Mavrucan Hac Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Mavrucan Hac cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.2 km away

Entrance to the small Mavrucan Hac cave church with wallpaintings in the local Cappadocian style, abo...

Mavrucan Hac cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

I: Güzelöz, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.3 km away

The old name of the village Güzelöz is Mavrucan. The remains of early settlements are everywhere visi...

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J: Rock Grave, Cappadocia, Turkey

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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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