The Goreme Valley


In the Turkish region of Cappadocia is the town and the valley of Goreme. A landscape so strange that it seems like something out of a story, but it is real. Although it seems that the place had been designed by an artist, the molding of its plateaus are the result of natural erosion they have suffered for thousands of years. It is a magical place surrounded by mountains with whimsical shapes.

The place has been recognized as a World Heritage Site. Thus, the Goreme National Park It has become a unique landscape in the world. Its rounded mountains in which you can see the fairy chimneys (elongated rocks that have been created by the erosion of water and wind), make the place have a certain resemblance to the moon spots. In general, the region has highly eroded volcanic terrain in which these curious formations are created.

In addition, throughout this valley you can find numerous buildings that were dug in the rocks back in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Infinity of houses, temples and monasteries, even connected by tunnels, and inside which there are also various Christian frescoes from the 11th and 12th centuries, all of them of great beauty.

Apart from the landscape, the incredible thing about the place is therefore the ability that all those inhabitants of the region had to dig and build in the interior of these mountains. There are even some houses that were directly built underground, with underground mazes protected from the enemy. Both in the city of Kaymakli like in Derinkuyu, you can visit this type of housing. Currently these cities and all the houses, caves, monuments and temples of the place can be explored.

The Goreme Valley of Cappadocia, Turkey (November 2022)


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