Cappadocia - A Magic Land In Turkey

Cappadocia is a mountainous region of eastern Anatolia, in Turkey, with some spectacular rock formations. Cappadocia is located in central Turkey and distances from major cities are: Istanbul - 729 km, Izmir - 763 km, Antalya - 538, Ankara - 275 km. From Ankara, the journey by car takes about 4 hours. The landscape consists of volcanic eruption and is very impressing. The most interesting aspect is that under every rock formations of Cappadocia lies an underground city, being able to accommodate around 10,000 people. The greatest discovery is that one of them has 10 underground levers, connected by tunnels. Many underground chambers and chimneys were converted into shops, nice and comfortable rooms, the largest being hotels. In Cappadocia, traditionally is the tomato juice, Turkish ice cream with goat milk.

It is said that St. George was born in Cappadocia, but historically it still carries heated arguments on this topic. Cappadocia (Kapatukia) means in Persian ˝the country of beautiful horses’’ and was conquered in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. In Cappadocia were born great theologians as St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory which led Pope John Paul II to declare that this was the cradle of Christianity spread.

There are interesting places that must be seen in Cappadocia, such as enchanting Chimneys, Goreme Valley National Park, rock churches, underground cities of Kaymakli, Derinkuyu or Ozkonak, Pasabag Zelve Valley, Avanos with its pottery and carpets, Uchisar rock fortress, fortress rock Ortahisar, Urgup, Ihlara Valley, Soganli, Sinasos and Hacibektas. It can be booked a few trips: balloon tours above natural chimneys (quite expensive, around 200 Euros), rides, riding, motorcycle or bike rides through the valleys of Cappadocia. Dark Church is amazing and has multicoloured angels covering the pillars and ceiling, along with scenes of the birth of Jesus.

Cappadocia is a stunning beauty, being in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1985. Cappadocia is a popular tourist destination, regarding to the unique landscape, underground cities, churches, caves and houses carved into the rock.

 

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