Churches of Göreme

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  • Day29

    Kapadokya 2

    April 25 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Am frühen Morgen haben fast 100 Ballons mit ihren Gasflammen und bunten Farben den Himmel über Kapadokya erleuchtet. Ein unvergessliches Schauspiel. Danach habe ich zu Fuß die Schluchten und Türme erkundet. Anstrengend, aber jeden Schritt wert. Man kann das mit dem Foto gar nicht einfangen. Und je nachdem das Licht einfällt, sieht es wieder anders aus. İch glaube, die Ballonfahrer können keinen besseren Eindruck bekommen.Read more

  • Day175


    August 6, 2018 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach Istanbul ging es mit einem kurzen Zwischenstopp vor Ankara weiter nach Kappadokien.
    Unsere Unterkunft war ein Höhlen Hotel, ein in Stein gemeißeltes Zimmer mit schön kühlen Temperaturen.

    Wir besuchten die nahegelegenen Felsenstädte & die Untergrund Stadt Derinkuyu, in der sich zu Zeiten der Christenverfolgung bis zu 6000 Menschen versteckten.

    Am nächsten Tag, noch lange vor dem Frühstück, krochen wir (der Eine besser, die Andere schlechter) aus unserer Höhle um die startenden Heißluftballone zum Sonnenaufgang zu sehen. Es hat sich gelohnt :)

    Nach dem Frühstück, ehe wir Kappadokien wieder verließen, gab es noch ein kurzes Breefing mit unserem Host Apo der uns ein paar gute Tips mit auf den Weg gab.
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  • Day5

    Cappadocia stone churches

    August 21 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Göreme has an open air museum the encompasses an area of stone carved residences and churches. These are pictures in several of those churches. Many of them had no photo signs. All are small by our standards, maybe room for 20 or so. Interesting iconography. Some appears to be free hand sketches.

  • Day3

    Göreme, Cappadocia

    August 19 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Cappadocia is an extraordinary place. I'm told that this was a lake that volcanic eruptions filled with ash, drying the lake. Later eruptions were magma, compressing the ash. Differential erosion resulted in the "fairy land" of unusual formations. The material was easy to carve. So many houses were created. The area became a refuge for persecuted people.
    The first pic is taken at what UNESCO considers one of the top views in the world. Second is Uçisar castle. The rest are pictures around the area.
    Göreme is a tourist town. Lots to do here, but no need for pictures. The geology, geography and history are the important things.
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  • Day58

    D58 Turkey - Cappadocia

    August 31 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A Snapshot of Our Day

    Photo 1 - Hands down one of the biggest highlights so far; this view made the 4.30am wake up worth it. Flying with 150 other hot air balloons is definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and the sun kissed views caused the group to be a lot quieter than usual. Our pilot Samir was hilarious, and had dubbed his balloon ‘The Titanic’. He chose to drop this fun fact on us after he tactically flew us past a huge rock, which ironically resembled an iceberg. The celebratory cake and champagne handed out on landing helped with settling any residual nerves!

    Photo 2 - You’re welcome guys.

    Photo 3 - Just your local pooch getting his morning yoga session in; downward dog anyone?

    Photo 4 - Another glimpse of the Fairy Chimneys; not getting too many inappropriate comments from people yet, but there is still time.

    Photo 5 - A birds eye view of Göreme, the town that we are staying in while in Cappadocia.

    Photo 6 - We visited Derinkuru Underground City which is another World Heritage site. It was amazing to follow the arrows down through the maze of tunnels and now empty rooms, which went on for 5 levels! This city was built with one purpose - to provide emergency shelter for the local people when it was required. Good thing it wasn’t a permanent solution as it was incredibly humid and pourous down there!

    Photo 7 - We then spent some time wandering through the local market, which sold everything from large plastic tubs, taps and gas stoves to spices, mountains or fresh fruit and vegetables, and baked goods. It was clearly a much poorer area; all the items we looked at were dirt cheap, and the stares we got from the locals suggested that they didn’t expect us to be there!

    Photo 8 - I was in absolute heaven and it’s a miracle that we only left carrying some peaches and apples.

    Photo 9 - We finally paid a visit to the Fairy Chimney Open Air Museum and had a great time walking in and around these incredible formations.

    Video 1 - Unfortunately, Anthony was too unwell to join the rest of the group this evening as we went to a Turkish Celebration evening at a local function centre. Our guide Mete had told us about the variety of dances we may see; all from different regions of Turkey including where he was born. So while we enjoyed a feast of unlimited mezze dishes and drinks, we also enjoyed the display of Turkish cultural history. We all ended up on the dance floor at one stage or another, which made it one of the best nights out so far!
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  • Day7

    Turkey - Day 6 Tour - Cappadocia

    August 2 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    So today we were up at 4 to start our Hot Air Balloon adventure. Kirah's bucket list to ride one in Cappadocia or Kapadokya as it is actually called among the dozens and dozens of other balloons ticked off.

    It was a fantastic ride, We saw the sun rise and floated over the beautiful valley. The balloon pilot landed the balloon and basket right onto the balloon trailer, one set of skills there.

    We came back to the hotel, had brekky and met up with our guide Ozguryag or Ozzie for short. The places we saw today are:

    Derinkuyu Underground city - amazing but not for those with claustrophobia, pretty small tunnels in a couple of sections.

    There are about 600 outside doors to the city, hidden in the courtyards of surface dwellings. The underground city is approximately 85m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) Apart from these, a large room with a barrel vaulted ceiling on the second floor was a missionary school, the rooms to the left being study rooms. 

    It was built so that the air at the bottom was as fresh as the air at the opening and it has a constant temperature of approx 17°. These were built to protect the Christians from being s slaughtered by the Roman Soldiers when Christanity was outlawed for a period of time.

    Pidgeon Valley - The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times.

    Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer.

    The use of chemical fertilizers has reduced the use of pigeon dung. However, some farmers still maintain their lofts because they insist that the reputation of Cappadocian fruits as the sweetest and most succulent in Turkey is entirely due to pigeon dung.

    Evil Eye Tree - Above Pidgeon Valley is a small shop and out the back whete you can feed the pigeons stands the Evil Eye Tree. This tree is covered with gorgeous cobalt blue amulets called Nazar. These are amulets with an eye design on them that ate to prevent evil and promote good luck.

    Ozxy told us that the story goes that if you have a picture taken in front of this tree you will get married within a year 😁😁😁

    From there we went onto the Goreme Onyx Jewellery place where we were shown the Turk Quartz or Turquoise and how it ages and how under different lights the stone shifts colour. Beautiful jewellery.

    Then onto Guray Muse which is an underground cave museum displaying antique & modern Turkish ceramics, pottery & artifacts. The pottery here is all made by the family that own this place. Lovely people and it has been in the family for seven generations.

    We were shown the process of how they make the pottery/ceramics and sculptures, amazing detail and dedication.

    We were then allowed to use the potters wheel and with a bit of help made our own piece of pottery. Loved this place.

    After lunch and a nap we headed back out with Izzy and saw Fairy Chimney Valley, a surreal landscape of carved-out towering rock formations, change color with every sunset.

    The rock formations that emerged due to a geological process that began millions of years ago. Ancient volcanic eruptions blanketed the region in thick ash, which later solidified into a soft rock called ‘tuff’. When the natural forces of wind and water (erosion) did their work, only the harder elements (basalt) were left behind to form the ‘fairy chimneys’ that can be seen today, stretching as far as 130 feet into the sky.

    A really quite and peaceful place.

    We then went onto Imagination Valley where the fairy chimneys look like objects such as a Camel, Mother Mary, upside down wombat, lizard, two devish dancers and a number if others.

    Last but not least we went out to Red Valley to watch the Sunset and drink a glass of wine or two. Stunning is all I can say.

    We finished the night off at our local pub - One Way.
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  • Day2197

    Alles, nur keine heiße Luft!

    September 17, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Hiermit verkünden wir stolz, die wahrscheinlich ersten und einzigen Touristen zu sein, die den Himmel über Kappadokien ohne diese störenden Heißluftballone gesehen haben. (und das obwohl wir extra dafür um 5 Uhr früh aufgestanden sind, grrrrr)

  • Day41

    Intro to Cappadocia

    February 18 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We finally made it to Cappadocia this afternoon, making our home base in Avanos which is near Goreme, home of many fairy chimney and cave hotel sites. The scenery here definitely looks unreal and as if we'd been transported to another planet. We made a quick stop at a panoramic viewpoint for a preview of what's to come the next two days.

    For dinner, we headed to Fat Boy's to try the testi kebap, which is pottery kebap. The meat and vegetables are cooked for 8 hours and you need a small hammer to knock the pot open. A neat experience and less showy than the touristy places where we'd seen this dish served in Istanbul.
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  • Day42

    Underground City, Open Air Museum

    February 19 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Rejoining the rest of our tourmates, we set off to explore Derinkuyu, an underground city where early Christians hid from the Romans. The tunnels and rooms are pretty expansive and the site equipped with a water source at the time. We were lucky to get into before other groups so had the place mostly to ourselves.

    Next stop, the Goreme Open Air Museum. We only spent about an hour here but you can easily spend more. The museum is surrounded by carved caves and filled with churches and frescoes. In order to preserve the frescoes, you're limited to 3 minutes in each church and no photography is allowed. We visited a few pretty cool churches including the Apple Church, the Church of No Name and St Barbara's Church. These names usually came about because of the shape of the church. The Sandal Church had feet imprints where Jesus supposedly ascended to heaven, though the geography would be incorrect given the details in the bible.

    Lunchtime! We met a local family who cooked lunch for us. Originally meant to be a dinner, changing it to lunch would allow us more time overall in the area. Our hostess made delicious wedding soup and stuffed eggplants, along with some pastries and dessert.

    Afterwards, we made stops at the viewpoints of Pigeon Valley and Love Valley. Pigeon Valley as you may guess, had lots of pigeons flying through. For 1 lira, you can feed them a cup of seeds. Love Valley had cheesy heart shaped swings you can sit on as you look out at the landscape. Both fun places great for pictures though we didn't get to linger.

    Rounding up the day, we stopped by for some info on Turkish carpets at a local warehouse and a pottery workshop. While the Turkish carpets were gorgeous, they were beyond the scope of the money we wanted to spend, though we understood the authenticity and hard work that go into each one. They're really meant to last. The pottery was interesting as well but we didn't learn as much.

    Not done exploring for the day, my roommate and I checked out our hotel which in itself is like a museum filled with antiques, from potteries. We were disappointed we didn't get to stay in a cave hotel, but our guide explained that each hotel only had 2-3 rooms so wasn't big enough to accommodate our group. G did pick a great alternative in Sofa Hotel though. One of our tourmates' room actually did have a cave shaped ceiling! Very cool all around.

    Dinner was on our own tonight, so after hiking up to sunset point for sunset and cool moonrise, we went two doors down from our hotel to try manti (Turkish ravioli). Not a hit with everyone though as there was a lot of yoghurt on the dish and the meat was bland for some.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Göreme, Goereme, Churches of Göreme, غوريم, Görəmə Milli Parkı, Нацыянальны парк Гёрэмэ, Γκιόρεμε, گورمه, Parc national de Göreme et sites rupestres de Cappadoce, גרמה, Göreme Nemzeti Park és Kappadókia sziklatemplomai, Գյորեմե ազգային այգի, ギョレメ国立公園, გორემეს ეროვნული პარკი, 괴레메, Corama, Gioremės slėnis, Ѓореме, गोरेमे राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्ज, Гореме, เกอเรเม, Göreme Tarihi Milli Parkı, Національний парк Гьореме, گوریمے, გორემეშ ერუანული პარკი, 格雷梅

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