This is a modern caveman's balcony, actually a typical cave house in Cappadocia. The rocks are made of tuff stone. Digging holes into it is quite easy, but then you have to take constant care of your home. Otherwise erosion will destroy it soon. This area is especially famous for it's early Christian cave churches with colourful paintings. Since 1985 it's a cultural and natural UNESCO heritage site. There are still undiscovered churches and underground cities, but apart from that the landscape is one of the most fascinating in the world. --- silver award winner of the EPSON international pano awards 2011
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.