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Pictures from Cappadocia (Turkey): Goreme phallic fairy chimney, Cappadocia landscape, hot air ballooning, and shepherd.

Phallic fairy chimney in Goreme, Cappadocia
Phallic fairy chimney in Goreme, Cappadocia (Turkey).                                                                               © Jenny Smit

Cappadocia is a historical region in central Turkey. It is also known for its "fairy chimney" rock formations that have been created by the eroding rains and winds over the millennia. Since fairy chimneys (also known as peribacalari) have various shapes and sizes, they form a magical landscape. Some of them are phallic-shaped with a cap of harder stone that protects the softer rock underneath from erosion.


Similar rock formations are found in other parts of the world. But in Cappadocia, early inhabitants carved and used them as homes and churches. They created also underground cities to protect themselves from invaders. 


Goreme is a town and the region’s epicentre. The Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia have been listed as a world heritage site (Unesco). 

              Underground City in Derinkuyu, Cappadocia
                 Underground City in Derinkuyu, Cappadocia (Turkey).                                                   ©

The ancient Derinkuyu Underground City is situated in Central Cappadocia, Turkey. With more than eight levels and a depth of 85 m, it is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey. It was large enough to shelter thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores.

Over 200 underground cities at least two levels deep have been discovered in the area. The underground cities provided a refuge for the region's inhabitants such as first Christians or earlier dwellers who were escaping from the persecution or the raids of foreign armies.
Fascinating landscape, Cappadocia
Fascinating landscape, Cappadocia (Turkey) - hot air ballooning.                                                                  © Jenny Smit

Hot air ballooning is a great way to discover the wonderful landscape of Cappadocia.

Shepherd from Cappadocia (Turkey).
Shepherd from Cappadocia (Turkey).                                                       © Jenny Smit
In Cappadocia, many people still live in villages, raising sheep.                                     
More Cappadocia pictures: click here.                                                                         


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