An open air museum in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey 1

Imagine that you are standing in front of a giant earth pyramid with gaping holes in it that look like windows and doors to a nether world. Now pan your head from left to right and see yourself surrounded by these tall pillars and cones that seemed to have mushroomed everywhere around you. The holes in them look larger as they open into a world which was once homes and hiding places, churches and caves where monks once lived.  I am in Goreme in Cappadocia and this is what they call an open air museum.

Goreme Open air museum , Cappadocia, Turkey

In Cappadocia,  I realize words have a meaning of their own. Fairy chimneys are for instance are not made made but are chiselled and shaped by nature to look like mushrooms or camels or whatever you imagine them to be. Here men lived and built underground cities or created homes and churches in these rock spires at a height of 40 feet or more. Their troglodyte homes are set in a tableau of yawning valleys which are not green but pink or ochre creating a lunar landscape.

Goreme is one of the tourist destinations in Cappadocia where you find hotels and shops carved inside these fairy chimneys that take you back to the days of yore when they were once .………………… go on reading  at source :

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