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We were then taken back to Göreme and went to visit the Göreme open air museum where there are churches cut into the rock, some with beautifully painted frescoes. Sadly many of these have been defaced – literally – the faces have been scratched away by fanatics who don’t believe in representation of the human form.

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frescoes in the church of St Basil

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the beautiful ceiling in the Apple chapel

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the paintings in the chapel of St Barbara are more figurative

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Yilanli (snake) chapel

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St Catherine’s chapel

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sandals chapel
the name comes from the two footprints at the bottom of the Ascension fresco at the church’s entrance

More information about these churches can be found here.

From here we proceeded up to the Göreme panorama at the top of the hill just outside the town from where there was a good view across the valley. There were lots of souvenir shops and trees with evil eye decorations hanging on the branches.

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Then we went to the hill-top town of Uchisar where we could drive right up to the castle.

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Then we went to the top of Pigeon valley for more photos.

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Pigeon valley is so called because the valley is full of pigeon lofts.

Then to Çavuşın, where the soft rock of the hillside is riddled with dwellings many of which were inhabited until the 1950’s

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the interior of Cavusin’s church/mosque – note the floral decoration on the column.

Nearby Avanos is famous for its pottery shops

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Then we went to see the fairy chimneys at Paşabağı. These weird formations have been caused by wind and weather erosion

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It was even possible to take a camel ride here

Last place on the itinerary was Urgup. We stopped by a block of flats so that I could take a photo looking up towards the buildings cut into the rock.

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Out of the car in front of me 2 guys removed a sheep for the sacrificial Bayram and dragged it into the building. Urgup looked to be the Gordes (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Provence) of Cappadocia as it was full of boutique hotels and restaurants. It had obviously gone up in the world since our visit 30 years ago!

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Then we drove back stopping for coffee in the small village of Çardak and through Derinkuyu. In many of the fields up on the plateau the pumpkins/marrow/squash were being harvested and seeds removed and spread out to dry.

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Pumpkin seeds are a great delicacy here and you’ll find empty shells littering the ground pretty much wherever you go.

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Comments on: "Road trip in Turkey part 6: Goreme and its environs" (2)

  1. Its such fun visiting Cappadochia again with you!

  2. fascinating pictures and descriptions.

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