before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey
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before sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

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Sunset at the end of a very cloudy day, near Göreme. <br />Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the strangest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. UNESCO World Heritage since 1985

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Cappadocia

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A: after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 160 hier vandaan

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

after sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey

B: Red Valley

door Ricky Ling, 320 hier vandaan

Red Valley

C: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 430 hier vandaan

Tuff rocks in the Meskendir valley between Göreme and Çavuşin.

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

D: Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 490 hier vandaan

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

Zindanönü cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey

E: Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 560 hier vandaan

On a path in the Meskendir Valley; there are everywhere in the rocks remains of former cave houses an...

Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

F: Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 810 hier vandaan

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

Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

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

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 830 hier vandaan

Cappadocian landscape directly underneath the Meskendir cave church.

Close to the Meskendir Cave Church, Cappadocia, Turkey

H: Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 990 hier vandaan

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

Facade in the Güllüdere valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

I: The Dark Church

door Ahmet Emin Zırh, 1.1 hier vandaan

The Dark Church

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

door Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.1 hier vandaan

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

Dit panorama is genomen in Cappadocia

Dit is een overzicht van 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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