Cappadocia is a geographical term rather than a province in Turkey. It is the volcanic land between the two great volcanoes, Mt. Hasan and Mt. Erciyes, in the east and west respectively; The Aladaglar range in the South and Kizilirmak river in the North.
Thanks to the soft volcanic material, (tuff) and the erosion of millions of years by the wind and the rain, whole area looks like a fantastic, fairy-tale land.
Strange rock formations take the form of huge boulders jutting out from the ground at some places and at others times they form, eye pleasing, smoothly curved valleys. Varying in color and shape, these “fairy chimneys” (as they are called in turkish) and the beautiful valleys make one of natures most suprising masterpieces.
Cappadocia has three defining characteristics.
First and by the far the most striking is the geologic characteristic. The erosion of the “tuff” (volcanic ash) that is abundant in the area, a relic of the series of many eruptions from 15 million years back, has created an amazing landscape here. Apart from all other features of the area, only this incredible landscape is enough reason to be here.
Second is the increbidly rich historical background.
The first settlement in the area goes back to pre-historical ages. Pottery making is known to be an ancient art since Hittite times (1800 BC) in this area and is continued in the ancient traditional ways. But the most prominent historical characteristic of the region is from the early Christian period. The first communities started to form in Cappadocia as early as 60 A.D. And Cappadocia has become a refuge for the early Christians escaping Roman persecution. Many of the caves and rock cut churches still have nice decorations and icons from very early Christian art.
The last but not the least is the rich cultural traditions that continue to live in the area among villagers despite the great amount of tourism going on. You can easily see villagers riding their horse carts to their vineyards or tending their orchards in the old traditional ways. In autumn you can come by people drying fruits or making grape molasses and many other village activities as they have done for hundreds of years.
These three characteristics make Cappadocia a very interesting destination for travelers who enjoy experiencing, nature, history and culture. And there are a lot of possibilities for many outdoor activities in this great setting.
Cappadocia is hard to put into words. Unique and pretty much increbidle, it is one of those places that you must see with your own eyes to believe!
We had such a wonderful time and I know we will return as we know there is so much more to see and do. We will contact you when we do for another day just like yesterday! We all has such a great great time!
Argos was THE PERFECT choice for us – we had so much fun in the underground tunnels and the rooms were spectacular!! Views were also incredible and we took the tour at the hotel this morning – also great!
The dinner and show could not have been better last night!! The girls were chosen to help with the dancing on many occasions and another group from Poland had a really fun tour guide and it all turned into a fun party and the kids had fun dancing!! Food and service were outstanding!
Today was nice and relaxing and a bit of shopping. I feel bad I just couldn’t pay the prices at the Avanos pottery, but, I did find a set much more in line with our budget and its a beautiful set!
We have taken our children to many places and done many things, but I almost cried this morning with what a great decision to move to Turkey and come to Cappadocia when this morning they said this was the best trip they ever had this weekend!!! (And they’ve even been to Disneyland :)!)
We will be in touch the next time we are coming that direction and will provide your name to anyone we meet in Ankara looking for a spectacular trip and service!
Thank you, again, so much to you and Tona (sp?) for everything!!
We are pulling into Ankara just now.