baLLooning to the laNd of roCks n ChimneYs
The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme is eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits. Göreme became a monastic centre in 300–1200 AD
The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. The touristic Cappadocia includes 4 cities: Nevsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray and Nigde…. Some of the underground cities worth seeing are Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, had spent nights at historic mansions and cave houses in Urgup, Goreme….
Though I had driven down to Goreme from Ankara…. southwest of the major city Kayseri, has airline and railway service from Ankara and Istanbul and other cities.
The houses churches and monasteries and caves built of the ancient volcanic rocks has a spooky n haunting beauty about itself, these are mostly carved from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits …. rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms…. Göreme later became a monastic centre in 300–1200 AD has the tough of the Roman era… the most visited open air museum. complex contains more than 30 carved-from-rock churches and chapels, some having superb frescoes inside, dating from the 9th century to the 11th century.
Dive into geomorphology depicts that the sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago, during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs, underlie the Cappadocia region.
Most exciting part of the visit were the hot air balloons rides over the Goreme landscape in the dusk of the evening….with the setting sun sets a golden glow to the landscape and creates a romantic aura around…