Underground city of Mazikoy
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Underground city of Mazikoy

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The underground city of Mazikoy is a bit more adventurous than the more famous ones in Derinkuyu and Kaymakli. Here you have to climb in narrow chimneys somewhere deep in the mountain.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Cappadocia

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A: Urgup Ayvali

di Ahmet Emin Zırh, 9.2 km di distanza

Urgup Ayvali

B: Cemilköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.1 km di distanza

The church of Cemil had been built just before the 2nd World War. In the time of people exchange betw...

Cemilköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

C: Archangelos Stephanos Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

This is the view from above the monastery. Inside the Archangelos monastery, which was in use until t...

Archangelos Stephanos Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Archangelos Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

Archangelos monastery near Ürgüp in Cappadocia, with  Byzantine frescoes. Although they are covered f...

Archangelos Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Archangelos Monastery, Cemil, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

Archangelos monastery near Ürgüp in Cappadocia, with  Byzantine frescoes. Although they are covered f...

Archangelos Monastery, Cemil, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Greek Church in Cemil

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

The church of Cemil had been built just before the 2nd World War. In the time of people exchange betw...

Greek Church in Cemil

G: Stephanos Chapel, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

Stephanos chapel in the Archangelos monastery near Ürgüp in Cappadocia, with Byzantine frescoes. Acco...

Stephanos Chapel, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Stephanos Chapel, Cemil, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 10.3 km di distanza

Stephanos chapel in the Archangelos monastery near Ürgüp in Cappadocia, with Byzantine frescoes. Acco...

Stephanos Chapel, Cemil, Cappadocia, Turkey

I: Greek House in Basköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 12.1 km di distanza

The Greek name of the village Başköy was Potamia, homeland of St.Georg. There are still some old Gree...

Greek House in Basköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

J: Greek Church in Basköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

di Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 12.2 km di distanza

The Greek name of the village Başköy was Potamia, homeland of St.Georg. The Greek church, in front of...

Greek Church in Basköy, Cappadocia, Turkey

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Cappadocia

Questa è una vista generale di 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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