Magnificent & Magical Moonscape of Cappadocia, Turkey [24 PICS]

Balloon Ride over Cappadocia, Turkey


Balloon Ride

A balloon flying over the fairy chimneys of Goreme – Cappadocia, Turkey by Verity Cridland

Introduction

For most of us, Cappadocia looks so foreign that it could be an alien world. But Cappadocia is a region in Turkey with extraordinary natural wonders and moonscape beauty. Ancient volcanoes eroded into hundreds of exceptional fairy chimneys – some of which reach over 130 feet in height. In the states we tend to call those rock formations hoodoos, but fairy chimneys sound as magical as the Cappadocian “lunar” landscape truly is. It took thousands of years for wind and rain to erode layers of volcanic ash into the breathtaking landscape.The volcanic deposits are soft, so from the 4th to 13th century AD, occupants of the area dug tunnels into the exposed rock face and carved out houses, stores, monasteries and churches which are home to irreplaceable Byzantine art. [24 Amazing Pictures]

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View of Cappadocia, Turkey

View of Cappadocia, Turkey

photo by Mila Zinkova; Edit by CillanXC

Fairy chimneys near Goreme, Cappadoccia, Turkey

Fairy chimneys near Goreme, Cappadoccia,

Turkey
Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and absolutely fantastic from a photographic,

historical, and scenery perspective. by Frank Kovalchek

A man and his camel near a rock house near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Rock house near Goreme,

Cappadocia
A man and his camel near a rock house near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey by Frank Kovalchek

Rock houses and Fairy Chimneys near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Rock houses and Fairy Chimneys near Goreme,

Cappadocia, Turkey by Frank Kovalchek

Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot air balloon over Cappadocia,

Turkey
More than 500,000 tourists visit the region each year — some touring by flying over in

hot air balloons. It would be a mistake to miss the grandeur while sailing silently over the magnificent moonscape, but it would also be a mistake not to tour on foot as well. So much is hidden away in the ancient carved out churches and houses. And then there’s yet another entire world to be found under Cappodocia via hundreds of miles of underground tunnels. by Mila Zinkova

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site at Cappadocia, Turkey

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site at

Cappadocia, Turkey by Frank Kovalchek

Pyramid-like house in Cappadocia, Turkey

“Pyramid”

Pyramid-like house in Cappadocia, Turkey by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

Ancient rock houses intermingled with modern houses in Cappadocia, Turkey


Ancient rock houses intermingled with modern houses in Cappadocia, Turkey
Angell Williams

Göreme valley open air museum at Cappadocia, Turkey

Göreme valley open air museum at Cappadocia, Turkey
The Goreme Open-Air Museum,

located in Capadoccia, Turkey, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very impressive. by

Georges Jansoone JoJan

Hoodoos at Cappadocia, Turkey

Hoodoos at Cappadocia, Turkey by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey


Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey
by Mila Zinkova

Town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, Turkey


Town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, Turkey

A mixture of ancient and “modern” houses. by

Mila Zinkova

More Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

More Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey by _Kripptic

Facade for the Dark Church, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey


Facade for the Dark Church, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

The Dark Church or Karanlık Kilise was

carved out in the 11th century. After the Turkisn invasion in the 1950’s, it was used as a pigeon house.

It took 14 years to scrape the pigeon droppings off the walls, so the scenes from the New Testament could

be seen again. by Frank

Kovalchek

Passageway in the underground city of Kaymakli, Cappodocia, Turkey

Passageway in the underground city of

Kaymakli, Cappodocia, Turkey
There are more than 100 square miles with more than 200 underground villages and tunnel towns, each has hidden passages, secrets rooms and ancient temples that are still used today. by Frank Kovalchek

Around Cappadocia in 80 Minutes - Cappadocia, Turkey

Around Cappadocia in 80 Minutes by Hermés

Fairy Chimneys rock formation, nearby Gorëme, in Cappadocia, central Turkey.


Fairy Chimneys rock formation, nearby Gorëme, in Cappadocia, central Turkey.
by Benh LIEU SONG

Fairy chimneys at Cappadocia, Turkey


Fairy chimneys at Cappadocia, Turkey
by Frank Kovalchek

Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey


Balloons in Cappadocia

Many tourists choose a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia and then

land in a farmer’s field. by

AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

Rock hewn houses and churches in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey


Rock hewn houses and churches in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one of the prettiest

areas of Turkey – rich in scenery and in history. About 1600 years ago, Christians fled the Romans and

then Muslims and hid in this area – often in underground cities – absolutely fascinating. The natural

scenery is also unique – laced with volcanos and looking like the surface of the moon. The rock formations

are called Fairy Chimneys – very impressive. by Frank Kovalchek

Floating over Cappadocia, Turkey

Floating over Cappadocia, Turkey by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

Uçhisar Hill and Castle at Cappadocia, Turkey

Uçhisar Hill and Castle at Cappadocia, Turkey
This is the highest point in Cappadocia.

Uçhisar Hill and Castle is in the triangle between the cities of Nevşehir, Ürgüp and Avanos. by Cretanforever

Balloons flying over Cappadocia, Turkey

Balloons flying over Cappadocia by Jérôme Bon

3 Comments

  1. No surprises as to why it’s called the Love Valley. Came across them a few months ago while searching images online, Thanks Alan for providing the background info!

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