Alex and I, along with our friend Courtney Smith, an English-language instructor at Meliksah University in Kayseri, hiked about eight miles around Goreme in Cappadocia on Sunday. It was like walking on a moonscape, except as Courtney said, "more gravity."
Goreme is about an hour bus ride from our home in Kayseri. It's a big attraction for tourists from all over the world. I talked at length with a family from California, and observed groups from Germany, France, Italy, Greece, and the U.K.
Volcanoes active until about 8,000 years ago helped form soft rock upon which the famous fairy chimneys survived when the consolidated volcanic ash gave way. In the first century, Christians facing persecution in the Roman empire started hiding in Cappadocia. They built underground cities and camouflaged rock churches. We visited homes, chapels and churches in the rock dating back to at least the 10th century.
- Our Slideshow of Goreme
- Our friend Courtney Smith had been to Goreme before us, spending some vacation time there. He took the photo above, and many more. Here's his Slideshow of the "Open Air Museum", and
- Courtney's photos of
- Wiki Travel: Goreme
- Churches of Goreme, Turkey
- Goreme Fairy Chimneys
- Cappadocia History