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Rock Sites of Cappadocia

In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Hierapolis Pamukkale

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. Hierapolis Ancient City Turkey

Troglodyte Houses Turkey

It's 2am and outside it looks like Mars. I've just been jolted awake from an airport transfer doze. A huge full moon hangs low in the sky illuminating the white, softly curving hills, pockmarked by abandoned cave dwellings. Vast conical pillar formations cluster in the lee of a hillside, while surreal shapes, blasted by wind and rain, are silhouetted against a narrow canyon of pink basalt. Houses Troglodytes