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The Dark Church

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A: Valley near Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 670 meters away

Looking into a valley close to Göreme in Cappadocia. Just one hour before there was a thunderstorm wi...

Valley near Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 790 meters away

Cappadocian landscape directly underneath the Meskendir cave church.

Close to the Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

C: Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 820 meters away

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

Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 830 meters away

Aynalı (Firkatan) Kilise near Göreme 8th/9th century

Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 830 meters away

Aynalı (Firkatan) cave church near Göreme8th/9th century

Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 830 meters away

Aynalı (Firkatan) cave church near Göreme8th/9th century

Aynalı (Firkatan) Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 910 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

H: Red Valley

by Ricky Ling, 960 meters away

Red Valley

I: Sunset point Goreme

by AHMET GÜMÜŞ, 1.1 km away

Sunset point Goreme

J: before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.1 km 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

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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