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The Wonders of Turkey's Cappadocia

This is a gallery in progress of several trips to Cappadocia (Kapadokya), the land of lunar landscapes, surreal scenery, fairy chimneys, underground cities, ancient churches and cave dwellings.

Cappadocia was once the heart of the ancient Hittite Empire, then a Roman and Byzantine province, during which time it became a refuge for the early Christians. Its landscape consists of soft volcanic tuff scupted over millennia into fantastic shapes by water and erosion, with huge stone mushrooms and fairy chimneys, soft ridges and deep valleys, all riddled with numerous ancient cave dwellings and subterranean honeycomb cities. It is unique in the world and an absolutely fascinating place to visit.

I've started with some older pictures but am currently working on a full weekend visit to the region and hope to add pictures as they are done. The newest pictures start after "Erciyes Dag from Uçhisar." Although I normally shoot with a Nikon D70, I was trying out my new Sony H1; the majority of images are with the H1 (unless otherwise indicated).
Uçhisar castle
Uçhisar castle
Fairy chimney
Fairy chimney
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Göreme town
Göreme town
Göreme cafe
Göreme cafe
Unique housing
Unique housing
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Moonscape
Moonscape
Cappadocia vista
Cappadocia vista
Cappadocia vista
Cappadocia vista
New and old in Nevsehir
New and old in Nevsehir
Erciyes Dag from Uçhisar
Erciyes Dag from Uçhisar
Pride of ownership
Pride of ownership
Struggling for a living
Struggling for a living
Dual purpose
Dual purpose
Old and new
Old and new
Chores
Chores
Arch
Arch
Village mosque
Village mosque
Slice of daily life
Slice of daily life
Doorway to the past
Doorway to the past
The view from No. 5
The view from No. 5
Old home
Old home
Seen better days
Seen better days
Rooftop dryer
Rooftop dryer
Front yard resident
Front yard resident
Another front yard resident
Another front yard resident
Christian church remains
Christian church remains
Mother and son
Mother and son
New construction
"New" construction
Stone dwelling
Stone dwelling
Güzelyurt vista
Güzelyurt vista
Church ruins in the distance
Church ruins in the distance
Village by the mountain
Village by the mountain
Armenian church ruins
Armenian church ruins
Church view
Church view
Cappadocia in IR
Cappadocia in IR
Dune
Dune
Sunset detail
Sunset detail
Uçhisar at sunset
Uçhisar at sunset
Uçhisar castle detail at sunset
Uçhisar castle detail at sunset
Watch out for...
Watch out for...
...the turtles
...the turtles
Apprehensive
Apprehensive
Resigned
Resigned
Sweet light in Göreme 1
Sweet light in Göreme 1
Sweet light in Göreme 2
Sweet light in Göreme 2
Sweet light in Göreme 3
Sweet light in Göreme 3
Cave house
Cave house
Friends
Friends
New and old
New and old
Brothers
Brothers
Dark Church interior
"Dark Church" interior
Dark Church interior
"Dark Church" interior
Apple Church interior
"Apple Church" interior
Apple Church interior
"Apple Church" interior
Göreme Open-air Museum
Göreme Open-air Museum
Dark Church, Göreme Open-air Museum
"Dark Church," Göreme Open-air Museum
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Fairy chimneys
Formations
Formations
Moonscape
Moonscape
Fairy chimney clock
Fairy chimney clock