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Old February 4th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #1
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Cappadocia - A Fairy Tale

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The interesting rock formations, known as "fairy chimneys", have been formed as the result of the erosion of this tufa layer, sculpted by wind and flood water, running down on the slopes of the valleys. Water has found its way through the valleys creating cracks and ruptures in the hard rock. The softer, easily erodable material underneath has been gradually swept away receding the slopes and in this way, conical formations protected with basalt caps have been created.

The fairy chimneys with caps, mainly found in the vicinity of Urgup, have a conical shaped body and a boulder on top of it. The cone is constructed from tufa and volcanic ash, while the cap is of hard, more resistant rock such as lahar or ignimbrite. Various types of fairy chimneys are found in Cappadocia. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms, columns and pointed rocks.

Fairy chimneys are generally found in the valleys of the Uchisar- Ürgüp-Avanos triangle, between Urgup and Sahinefendi, around the town of Cat in Nevsehir, in the Sogani valley in Kayseri, and in the village of Selime in Aksaray.































































































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Old February 6th, 2005, 11:00 AM   #2
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fantastic rock formations!!
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Old February 6th, 2005, 06:29 PM   #3
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Looks like something out of one of those sci fi movies like Lord of the Rings
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Old February 6th, 2005, 07:43 PM   #4
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I would like to live in one of those caves
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Old February 6th, 2005, 11:06 PM   #5
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the caves are fresh
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Old February 7th, 2005, 12:18 AM   #6
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Old February 8th, 2005, 01:02 AM   #7
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Capadocia is one of the treasures and the proofs of the uniqueness of Turkey and its rich history. Nature and the history still live together there even today.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #8
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very surreal these rock formations
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Old June 6th, 2005, 05:19 AM   #9
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Who used to live in those caves ?

What were they being used for ?

Monasteries or sth .... ?
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stunning!!
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:05 PM   #11
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They were carved by early Christians when their religion was banned by the Romans. There are entire underground cities in Cappadocia.

Their walls have beautiful icons and frescoes.

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Old June 7th, 2005, 09:15 PM   #12
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The link below has magnificent photos of the entire Cappadocia area, including the underground cities:

http://www.travellerdreams.com/Trave...cappadocia.asp
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Old June 7th, 2005, 11:37 PM   #13
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Capadocia is one of the treasures and the proofs of the uniqueness of Turkey and its rich history. Nature and the history still live together there even today.
Nature is always part of history. Anyway, not only in Turkey, people have lived in rocks:





Matera, Italia
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Old June 8th, 2005, 03:54 AM   #14
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Cappadocia is not just "rocks" though. We're talking about an area which is around 1/3 of Italy in size, with lots of weird-looking volcanic formations that were inhabited since the Hittites (2nd millennium BC) and were used by early Christians as hideouts against the Romans.

Cappadocia is not a single place, it's an entire volcanic area of ancient inhabitations that's larger than many European countries.















































































































































































































































































































































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You need more than a month to see all of Cappadocia

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Old June 8th, 2005, 12:40 PM   #15
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Cappadocia rocks!
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Cappadocia

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Many different faces by aviana2, on Flickr

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In the Air 1 by incubo78 (Back in Town), on Flickr

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Cappadocia Dawn by Julian Kaesler, on Flickr

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within cone formations by shapeshift, on Flickr

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In the earth's belly by IrenaS, on Flickr

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Flying high by ng.kelven, on Flickr

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cappadocia, Turkey

http://500px.com/photo/62975259/take...tanley-chen-xi

cappadocia, Turkey

http://500px.com/photo/68054777/on-t...#287;an-a-Özer


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