Cappadocia, Turkey: Land of the Beautiful Horses

Deep in the middle of the country of Turkey, a 14-hour bus ride from Istanbul, exists a landscape unlike any other. Strangely unique and bizarrely beautiful. A consequence of a volcanic eruption from three to nine million years ago, along with erosion over tens of thousands of years. Resulting in pillar and minaret-like formations. A landscape unlike any other.

It is an area known as Cappadocia, the translation of which is “Land of the Beautiful Horses.” I spent two days exploring there. I was in awe at rock formations called Fairy Chimneys; at the geology of basalt and a variety of limestone called tufa; at underground cities; at rock-carved homes, chapels, churches, and monasteries; at frescoes inside dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries. This is land with historical, cultural, and religious significance.

Here are some photos of the area, starting with Fairy Chimneys and other rock formations.

Fairy Chimneys Cappadocia Turkey Fairy Chimneys Cappadocia Turkey

Fairy Chimneys Cappadocia Turkey Fairy Chimneys Cappadocia Turkey

An area called Monk’s Village included homes of monks and churches. Pictures are of a home, where you can see a window in the middle of the triangular-shaped rock formation, a sleeping area inside the home, and a frescoe from inside a church.

Monks Village Cappadocia Turkey

Inside Monks Village Home Cappadocia Turkey Inside Monks Village Church Cappadocia Turkey

I walked several hours through an area called Rose Valley. There were even small wild flowers growing around. More religious frescoes that were inside another church, called Hacli Church.

Rose Valley Cappadocia Turkey Rose Valley Cappadocia Turkey

Rose Valley Hacli Church Cappadocia Turkey Rose Valley Hacli Church Cappadocia Turkey

Stopping for view, see the people taking a snack break below, and a trail in the distance.

Cappadocia Turkey

Kaymakli is one of several underground cities. I was able to walk through six of the nine floors of this city. People lived here thousands of years ago and would hide here to escape the enemy (from religious persecution, I believe). They had everything in there: bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, wine cellars, food storage areas, etc. It is said that they may have spent a month in these cities at a time. The photo is of me inside one of the rooms.

Underground City Cappadocia Turkey

Another view point where you can see many, many homes built in the rocks of the landscape. And pottery for sale. (And me.)

View Point Cappadocia Turkey View Point Cappadocia Turkey

Other areas visited during my time in Cappadocia included the Goreme Open Air Museum, a town called Avanos, Uchisar Castle, and Cavusin Mosque.

Strangely unique and bizarrely beautiful indeed, this Land of the Beautiful Horses!

Sweet Travels!

Links to other blogs that I have written about Turkey:

A Bus Station in Turkey

Gifts Between Strangers

Welcome to my New Website!
Excerpts from Europe: "A Bus Station in Turkey"

8 Replies to “Cappadocia, Turkey: Land of the Beautiful Horses”

  1. Hi Debby,fellow Wanderlust blogger!

    The Kaymaklı Monastery was Armenian Apostolic and originally included a church, bell tower and a small chapel. Armenians are Christian.

    It is also known that Armenians fled to the area to escape the Mongol invasions during the 13th and 14th centuries and that a religious community could be found on the site from the 15th century.

    ~Beth aka Pampers and Pakhlava

  2. Deb, I love that you share your travels – fascinating and so gorgeous and so well written – thank you. See you upon your return! Love, Joanie

  3. That is crazy beautiful! I love your blogs because I learn so much about my sis that I didn’t know! It’s amazing that you’ve gotten to experience all of these places that most can’t even imagine that they exist!

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