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Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the funniest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. For thousands of years people were digging caves into the soft tuffstone and created a unique place. Since 1985 it is a UNESCO World Heritage.

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A: sunset in Cappadocia

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 100 meters away

Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the strang...

sunset in Cappadocia

B: Village of Çavuşin, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 340 meters away

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C: Inside the Cave Church in Cavusin, Cappadocia, Turkey

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D: Cave Church in Cavusin, Cappadocia, Turkey

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This cave church had been built above the old village of Cavucin inside a huge tuff rock. Originally ...

Cave Church in Cavusin, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Cave Church in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 430 meters away

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Cave Church in Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Cave Church in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 430 meters away

Small cave church  (11th -13th century) with severely damaged frescoes in the Güllüdere Valley betwee...

Cave Church in Cappadocia, Turkey

G: tuff rock landscape near Çavuşin, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 430 meters away

Here in the valley are mainly grapes. In old times the holes in the rocks have been spacious cave apa...

tuff rock landscape near Çavuşin, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Cappadocia

by Per Melsvik, 430 meters away

Cappadocia

I: Tuff Rocks in Cappadocia

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 490 meters away

Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the funnie...

Tuff Rocks in Cappadocia

J: Unknown Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 550 meters away

Small cave church inside the Cappadocian tuff rocks. The walls show simple red paintings, which indic...

Unknown Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

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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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