Last weekend I went to Cappadocia in central Turkey. My brother and his partner are on vacation, touring through the Balkans and visiting Idil’s family in Turkey. My belated Christmas gift from them was the chance to meet up for a weekend in Cappadocia!
AND IT WAS AMAZING.
Seriously, Cappadocia is one of the most unique, beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Idil said that it feels like you’re walking through a Star Wars planet, and she was right. It was also exactly like wandering through a fantastical setting in a Final Fantasy game. As someone who THOROUGHLY enjoys escaping the mundanity of real life in favor of fantasy books, movies, or games, it was amazing to realize I could have the best of both (real and fake) worlds!
I may or may not write a longer post about Cappadocia with pictures, but for now, I’d rather leave you with this video! I did a much better job this time with actually filming the things we were seeing, and WHAT THINGS THEY WERE. Fairy chimneys, underground cities, and cave churches! Check it!
Tricia, I would love to see that place. There must be so much background info about it. I hope that you will share some of that with us. Hotel in a cave??? A city under ground??? Apparent tunnels through solid rock??? Were they hiding places in the pre-historic past???
You would have loved it, Grandpa! If I ever write a long post about it, I’ll try to explain further, but the short answer is this: Several thousand years ago, the Hittites carved out tons of cave dwellings underground. I don’t know enough about geology to know if the rocks there made that easier than usual. A thousand or so years later, the Christians found the empty cave cities and lived there and added to them as they escaped Roman persecution. People lived there for thousands of years, and still there are some houses in the fairy chimneys, but most of it has been taken over by tourists.