Sunday, 3 May 2015

On the way to Cappadocia

4th May 2015

The third day of staying in Turkey we went to Cappadocia - one of the most beautiful land in the world.


The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level, lava-covered plain located between the volcanic mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan as well as its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock and cities dug out into underground, presents an otherworldly appearance. The eruptions of these mountains which were active volcanoes in geological times lasted until 2 million years ago. A soft tuff layer was formed, 150 m in thickness, by the issuing lavas in the valley surrounded by mountains. The rivers, flood water running down the hillsides of valleys and strong winds eroded the geological formations consisting of tuff on the plateau formed with tuff layers, thus creating bizarre shapes called fairy Chimneys. These take on the names of mushroom shaped, pinnacled, capped and conic shaped formations. The prehistoric settlements of the area are Koskhoyuk (Kosk Mound) in Nigde, Aksaray Asikli Mound, Nevsehir Civelek cave and, in the southeast, Kultepe, Kanis and Alisar in the environs of Kayseri. This area with unusual topographic characteristics was regarded as sacred and called, in the Scythian/Khatti language, asKhepatukha, meaning "the country of the people of the chief god Hepat", although there are more poetic claims on the origin of the region's name, such as the Old Persian Katpatuka, which allegedly means "the land of beautiful horses". The tablets called Cappadocian Tablets and the Hittite works of art in Alisar are of the important remains dating from 2000s B.C. After 1200s B.C., the Tabal principality, of the Khatti Branches of Scythians, became strong and founded the Kingdom of Tabal. Following the Late Hittite and Persian aras, the Cappadocian Kingdom was established in 332 B.C. During the Roman era the area served as a shelter for the early escaping Christians. There are also several underground cities used by early Christians as hideouts in Cappadocia.







The road from Aksaray to Cappadocia




It is high time to buy typical Turkish jewellery..




CITIES IN CAPPADOCIA
  • Nevşehir — The main province of Cappadocia.
  • Ürgüp — The biggest town and heart of Cappadocia.
  • Göreme — Cave Houses built into the Fairy Chimneys.
  • Uçhisar — The highest point of the region with it's natural rock castle.
  • Avanos — Pottery town which is divided into two by the longest river of Turkey (Kızılırmak).
  • Ortahisar — A small village famous with its rock castle.
  • Mustafapaşa — Old Greek village.
  • Guzelyurt — historic Greek Town in Cappadocia . There are underground cities, St. Gregorius church, Red Church, Monestary valley
  • Ihlara — Biggest Canyon in Cappadocia. 1.2 million visitors every year
Tiurkish ice cream it was too cold for me to try them.



But I bought myself a nice bag..
Cappadocia is called "land of beautiful horses".

12 comments:

  1. glad you found something to buy to remember the place by.

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  2. Interesting indeed. Those Evil Eyes, i can't understand how people are so superstitious that they need to keep their little ones and themselves safe etc. by thinking they need those 'eyes'......i bet your new handbag is lovely..

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    1. Yes people are very superstitious and believe that evil eyes bring them happiness so buy them very often

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  3. I still remember the awe I felt when we saw Cappadocia. I'm so glad you got to see it.

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  4. What a lovely place to visit. Glad you enjoy the place and get to a bag for yourself. I can see so many Turkish jewelry on sale.

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    1. Yes Turkish jewellery is nice and original

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  5. Interesting! Nice that you found something to purchase.

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    1. Yes a lovely bag it was a bargain,..

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  6. The bag will remind you of your trip!

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    1. I have some nice others souvenirs too. I am going to show them on my blog

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