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Cappadocia - A Moonscape Carved by Nature and Man:

b_352_235_16777215_0___images_stories_02.jpgThe Turkish region of Cappadocia boasts one of Europe's most dramatic landscapes. The region is located in the centre of Turkey and includes basicly the centres of Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Üçhisar, Derinkuyu, Kaymaklı and Ihlara. Cappadocia offers some of the same visual drama as other examples in the world. But this turkish region has its own unique natural phenomena. Pillars, peaks and pyramids, cones and needles (some 10 stories tall), rocks and mounds, plateaus, cliffs and canyons, Flintstones-style dwellings carved directly into the limestone formations and the distinctive mushroom-shaped "fairy chimneys"--all were sculpted by millions of years of wind and rain washing over the soft volcanic rock, or tufa. To complete the picture, Mother Nature took her paintbrush and colored these geological shapes in hues of bronze, gold, sand, lime, crimson and pink--in the process creating a series of spectacular masterpieces.



b_347_228_16777215_0___images_stories_03.jpgCappadocia was a refuge for the early Christians, who escaped persecution by living and worshipping underground. There are an estimated 3000 rock churches in this region, not all of which are open to the public.

Cappadocia has been a part of the Persian empire, a semi-independent kingdom at the time of Alexander the Great, a Roman province and later part of the Byzantine Empire.

The area is also famous for its carpet-weaving, wines and the distinctive red pottery of the Avanos area.

Castle Inn Team
 

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