If there’s one thing Turkey is well known for, it definitely is its diverse culture. However, it’s a natural sightseeing spot, that draws the attention of thousands of tourists worldwide every year: Cappadocia.
What looks like the man-made science-fiction movie set, is in fact, a unique combination of rocks and hills. The soft texture of the rocks gives them a smooth appearance, that creates the illusion of sand dunes in certain areas, when viewed from above. Cappadocia is an endless source of entertainment for those who get there, even though just enjoying this incredible place would be enough for some.
There’s much more to Cappadocia than meets the eye. Those, who are passionate about history can enjoy the Goreme Open-Air Museum, where they can study monuments of over 10 centuries old. During Byzantine times in the 11th century,this site used to be a monastery. Over the following decades, various groups of monks lived there. In the 12th century, part of the place was designed to serve the patron saint of Azize Barbara Sapeli. Cappadocia was home of Saint Nino: the Enlightener of Georgia. Also, Saint George’s family is thought to be from Cappadocia as well. These 4th century Christian saints are venerated in almost all Christian churches, which makes Cappadoccia popular pilgrimage site. Today, the Goreme Open-Air Museum is a well known destination, that takes a few hours to be explored.
Many tourists gather visit Cappadocia just to take an air balloon ride. The air currents make the experience safe and the passengers’ comfort is ensured by instructors. As for the time spent dozens of feet above the ground, it’s priceless. From the ups and downs created by the hills, to pointy rocks combined with shades of green and brown, this fairy tale-like land meets the burning red sunset sky at the horizon.
So, Cappadocia has something to offer both; up in the sky and at the surface of the earth. But there’s more. This incredible location hosts a unique sightseeing spot below the ground as well! The Derinkuyu underground city, located over 60 meters in depth, has enough chambers to host 20.000 people, along with their food and luggage. The oldest rooms were built way back in the 8th century B.C. and have been well preserved ever since. The impressive history of this underground city and its architecture, provide visitors with an incredible experience of time travel.
Overall, Cappadocia seems like the ideal spot for those, who want a holiday full of culture, history, architectural wonders and, most of all, unforgettable views. Whether it’s relaxation, fun, excitement or learning new things, this is one of the few places in Turkey that has it all.