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Cappadocia, Turkey

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Things to do in Cappadocia Jun 14, 2013
Start the day visiting Dervent Valley, also known as "Imagination valley", this is the most surreal-looking landscape.Then to Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity.

Continue to Göreme Open Air Museum. The world's most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on.

Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme from Esentepe see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses.

Start the next day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rocks capes, local culture and historical sights. Please use Toilets before the start and HIRE A GUIDE for trekking , this will last for around 2 hours and at the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you.

Climbing up on the top of the castle you can see the ruins of Saint John the Baptists, a very large Byzantine church. Walk around the castle and visit some of the homes that were lived in until recently. Continue driving to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited Underground Cities in Cappadocia. This city is approximately 40m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.). Continue to Pigeon Valley a spectacular view of old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar.

If you have time visit Uchisar Castle . This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region, is a 25-floor beehive of cave rooms forming an underground-type city reaching into the sky. It was used as a citadel during Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk times.
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Amazing piece of earth Jun 16, 2011
This review is for the area in general. I went in the middle of winter, and all of the rock formations were snow capped. It was amazing. I drove around the area for a couple of days just taking endless photos and gasping at the breathtaking views. Would have LOVED to have done the hot air balloon ride but the weather conditions weren't okay for when I was there. But for anyone who appreciates natural landmarks for their beauty, this is definitely for you.

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