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Cappadocia Churches

Cappadocia is the name of a region in the central Anatolia of Turkey.

It is not a city. It is a town as a part of a province called Nevsehir – city of Kayseri.

Cappadocia in unique in the world with its geographical formation. The origin of its name comes from the word ‘Katpadukya’ which means ‘The Town of Beautiful Horses’. The town is formed by winds and rains that affected the geographical shapes of the city produced by volcanic eruptions.
The first habitants of the town belong to Paleolithic Age. But first written proofs belong to Hittites. Those lands where Hittites had lived once, later on has become one of the most important centers of Christianity . The houses and churches carved in caves have become a very important shelter for Christians that were escaping from the cruelty of non-believers.
Cappadocia town is a region where nature and history combine. Natural events have formed the very famous Fairy Chimneys and throughout history, people have carved houses, churches and even shelters in those chimneys. The town of Cappadocia which had harboured trade colonies throughout history, has become one the most important crossroads of the Silk Road as well.
Today, it is a touristic attraction point where many foreigners and local people visit every year. Despite being a very touristic place, if you are looking for a budget trip to Cappadocia, there are many reasonable alternatives.
Cappadocia Tours by bus or by plane 
If you are not interested in participating in one of those Cappadocia tours and do it yourself, then you should definitely visit those places.

Cappadocia Churches

Important tip: 
Cappadocia is a very huge town and there is long distance between places. That is why we recommend you either joining our tours or rent a car – which is not a very good idea if you unfamiliar with the town – There are more thing to see but 2-3 days in never enough that s why we recommend you the most important ones: Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve, Urgup and Dervent Valley, Rose Valley, Derinkuyu or Kaymakli Underground City. Pasabagi, Cavusin. There are many more things to say about it and the town has a very wide history with details but considering that you are interested to learn just a bit of it, we do not put very much of detail here in order not to bore you .
Personal Impression about Cappadocia: 
I travelled to Cappadocia in 2001. We went there by our family car. My husband was driving the car. It was an overnight trip from Istanbul. I stayed awake for few hours and at last fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning , we have entered Goreme and I was impressed by what I saw. At first, I thought I was still dreaming. – of course it only took few moments – but when I realized that it was real I was really astonished by the beauty of the geographical shapes of Cappadocia. Especially the tall Fairy Chimneys. I had seen many pictures of it and thought I knew what was expecting to me but in reality it was much more beautiful than I imagined.

Actually the word ‘different’ would explain better my emotions. It was not like any other place I saw on earth – I travelled a lot – I have seen many very beautiful places and Cappadocia was also beautiful but not more beautiful than others BUT very different. First day we did not join any tour – despite being able to join the tours for free – we were sure that we could spend more quality time being free and my husband is Turkish and he should have been familiar with the system – it was my first year in Turkey – but at the end of the day we were a little bit disappointed.

I should confess that going free was not that boring because every single formation of Cappadocia was very impressing . The problem was, we realized that without a guide explaining us the history, it was not that meaningful. We spent the other three days by joining small group tours. It was worth it. But another warning, if you want to take a baloon tour, even if it is in the summer, take a jacket with you. It was freezing cold! :)

 

Alexa