Saturday, May 14, 2011

cappadocia, turkey:

Below are some photos from our explorations of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is not only home to the unique fairy chimney formations which you can see below (formed by volcanic ash and erosion over time), but is also a historically significant area. For the early Christians, Cappadocia was a place to hide from persecution by the Romans. There are many, many cave churches, monasteries and even underground cities that were home to the early Christians. Visiting these sites is an incredible experience as you try and imagine what life would have been like back then - not to mention how amazing the frescos would have looked freshly painted! All of the caves are man made, so an even greater feat considering the lack of technology back then (4th century). It was also good to be in the outdoors and surrounded by nature, especially after spending five days in Istanbul. Cappadocia is an incredibly beautiful, unique and historically rich area which I encourage you to visit if you get the opportunity.

so much fun exploring!

some examples of the frescos found inside the churches

can't help myself!

Ihlara Valley

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