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Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

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This small Byzantine church is next to a path inside a single tuff rock cone.

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A: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 130 meters away

Tuff rocks in the Meskendir valley between Göreme and Çavuşin.

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

B: after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 460 meters away

After sunset at the end of a very cloudy day, near Göreme. Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volca...

after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

C: before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 490 meters 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

D: Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 650 meters away

Facade of an unfortunately locked cave building in the Güllüdere Valley.

Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Red Valley

by Ricky Ling, 680 meters away

Red Valley 位於土耳其 Cappadocia 的 Goreme,鄰近 Goreme Open Air Museum, 在博物館的旁邊有條不起眼的小徑,走過彎彎曲曲的小徑會忽然眼前一亮,山谷內奇...

Red Valley

F: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 720 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley, inside a tuff rock cone. T...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

G: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 720 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley. The apse shows the incarna...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 720 meters away

This cave church (10./11.century) is in the Cappadocian Kızılçukur-Valley. The apse shows the incarna...

Hacli Kilise - Church with the Cross, Cappadocia, Turkey

I: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 740 meters away

Meskendir valley between Cavusin and Göreme in Cappadocia, with cave churches and tuff rocks. UNESCO ...

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

J: Cappadocian Landscape, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 760 meters away

Tuff rock landscape between Göreme and Çavuşin with a cave monastery.

Cappadocian Landscape, 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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