Cappadocia - Nevşehir Province, Turkey
Located in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey, Cappadocia is an area where entire cities have been carved into rock.
An area with history so abundant and far reaching as to render entire centuries as footnotes at first glance, the landscape appears as an abandoned alien desert with fields that look like waves frozen in time, and rocky spikes and spires protruding from the landscape like some sort of meringue set in stone.
However on further exploration through small, winding paths, beautifully-carved homes and churches are waiting to be discovered.
The rock formations that make up Cappadocia were created by volcanic eruptions, erosion, and wind. Over three million years ago a volcanic eruption deposited a blanket of ash across the 1500 square mile landscape which formed into a soft rock. This rock, slowly eaten away by wind and time, has created some spectacular forms. But the human history of the area is as compelling as the geological one.
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