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Cave dwellings in Cappadocia

 

Cappadocia lies in the heart of Anatolian Plateau in Turkey. Whereas the main part of the high plateau is covered by steppe, some little valleys offer an extremely varied landscape : rose cliffs, rocky peaks and fairy chimneys. The authors of these spectacular landforms are the volcanoes with the help of water, frost and wind. These natural elements have carved a particular volcanic stone called tuff. This tuff with different colors, both resistant and soft, is everywhere in Cappadocia. During the 4th century hermits have dug their cells, later monks have established their monasteries and the Byzantines have cut wonderful rock churches. In every place, inhabitants have dug houses, dovecotes or sheepfolds. Until the middle of the 20th century the population still lived in cave-dwellings. In Cappadocia, natural elements and human activities have built a stunning rock scenery.

 

 

 


Uçhisar rock Castle


Uçhisar rock Castle


Uçhisar rock Castle


Uçhisar village


Fairy chimney


Inhabited pinnacle


Fairy chimneys


Rose and white tuff


Erosion


Thunderstorm on Göreme


Thunderstorm on Göreme


Minaret and pinnacles


Collapse


Karanlik Kilise


Cupola


Christ


Pigeon Valley


Decorated Dovecote


Decorated Dovecote


Rock sleeping room


Erciyes Dagi


Erciyes Dagi


Saint Gregory of Nazianzus


Hasan Dagi

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