Hello everyone, before exams I visited Ürgüp, Göreme, known as Cappadocia and Konya. Here are some

of the photos I want to share with you and short information under the pictures about the photos.



Here is Cappadoccia and this place is Ihlara Valley.



This is the half- bird view of Ihlara Valley.

The hollow you see was eroded by water millions of years ago. The rocks, actually

we call them "peri bacaları", in English chimney rocks, are a result of volcanic

eruptions occured in Erciyes, Hasandağ and Güllüdağ, volcanic mountains in the region.



This is the level of water in the valley now.



You can go across the valley with the help of bridges.



You can only reach the water after approximately 300-step- ladder.



This is the mountain you see on Milka chocolate packets. Emotion: stick out tongue



Look, these are the chimney rocks I mentioned you.







Don't think that you can only see the chimney rocks in distinct areas. you can see

them in the city too. Actually, people dig those rocks to make house and churches.





Can you recognise the houses there? There is one thig special with those rocks. No matter what the

season is, the inside of the houses ,actualy rocks, are always 15-16 C. This heat is very appropriate

for wine and people make and sell wine here.



They seem like sands but they are volcanic tufas.





A view of the city.



Here is the city centrum.



There are litres of wine in these things and this place was digged and made in a volcanic rock so the owners

don't have to think much about the desirable temperature for wine. Emotion: smile





Before Muslims, Christian people lives on these lands and they instructed, dig, almost 2000 chuches in the

rocks. The hollow things on the rocks are the doors of the churches.



A closer look on the entrance of a church.



This place is inside of one of the oldest churches.







As you can see, the only colour is red and the depictions are so poor. The only colour is red because

the red is the easiest colour can be made out of the roots of the plants in the region. We can also say

that they haven't discovered the other colours yet. Guess how old it is! Look at the drawing of the old cross!





But later, they became proficient at drawing and they started to draw more pictures of Jesus and apostles.



They found other colours.







Morover, they depicted the history of Christianity and Jesus on the walls in the churches.





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Unfotunately, those people couldn't live in peace forever. They had to protect themselves from enemies and

they dig underground cities. This is the entrance of one of the underground cities.



The insidee is hollow and like a maze. There are small tunnels and ancient form of

rooms. Errm, ladders were made by our municipality



and lights too. Emotion: smile They illuminated the inside by fire. They dig ventilation places in

their cities. They could breathe easily becasue these tufas can emit the smoke too.

They could live up to 6 months in these underground cities.



Aside from wine import and export, people make plates and accessories from clays in this

region. They put an amount of clay ( I forgot its real name, lets assume that it is clay Emotion: stick out tongue)

and they place it on the top of that round thing. They round it with their feet and shape the

clay with their hands.Then put them in the ovens. According to the heat, things change colour.

I forgot but under very high heat, they can even become pocelain or china.







You can also find a wide range of precious stones in this region but unfortuantely I have no photos of them.



This place is called valley of imagination. Can you see the dog here? On the right bottom.



And the camel here?



We are on the bridge in Ihlara Valley here. I am the one wearing jean jacket.

I found this tree very funny.



This is a castle but I forgot its name.





People there live in "konaks". the outside of Asmalı Konak.



and inside.





Scenery from konak.





Women make and sell these dolls in Ürgüp and Göreme. It is a traditional bride dress.


I saw this in front of a shop where stones are sold. In English it says handle without touching!



Now we are in Konya. The place of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the man who says "come, whoever

you are come". ( This is Islam!) Ehem, anyway, you understood that he is a religious man and this

is his tomb, türbe.



The entrance door.



Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures inside.



A little pool.









Those men are called Semazen. They turn with the love of God. Actually you should watch them and listen

to ney, a kind of flute, to understand them.



Aaaand, this is my last photo. No matter where we went, no matter what we saw, none of them could make

us as excited as this rainbow. It seems away here but it was really so close to us. I felt as if I could touch it.

Ps: We were all screaming when we saw it so near.
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Holy cow - the scenery is amazing. It was nice to see you too! Thanks for posting them and for the info - now I feel like I was on tour with you too.
Thanks VERI much ! Excellent photo and astonished land ! . thanks for share your photos - world so big for one men
Thank you very much for the photos, Doll. Very picturesque scenery!
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Hey Doll! Amazing pictures! Most of all I liked those chimney rocks, I must confess. Very interesting form. By the way, I guess this is the first time I see a photo of you, so... glad to see you! Emotion: wink

Out of curiosity: what is the camera you took the pics with?
Thank you everyone. I tried to add as much more photos and information as I could.

GG, I am glad that you felt like that.

Isu, you are right.

Ruslana, the camera is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500

I am so sorry for grammar mistakes. I couldn't edit them.
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