Cappadocia Cave Hotel
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... a nunnery, on the opposite side were carved out of the rocks with up to 30 monks and nun's living in them. There are many churches being carved out of the rocks as well with wall frescos from around the 9th century, before this they were not allowed to decorate the church walls.
People moved here to avoid persecution. They slept 8 hours, worked in the fields for 8, and then religious activities for the other 8 hours.
A separate area ...
... have lived in the region and used some of the rock formations for their animals. The Christians found the softer tuff rock to be workable and they needed a place to hide. The shear cliffs made for some protection and they began to carve and dig caves. They could live and worship in secrecy. Elaborate net works of caves connected living quarters and churches. Monasteries formed as living high on the side of a cliff provided a certain isolation and solitude. Mainly ...
... for us to wander round some 'fairy chimneys' and other spectacular formations. It would be really beautiful with blue sky and sun but in a bitter cold wind it is hard to properly appreciate it, but it was still wonderful. The forecast for tonight is -3C but with windchill feeling like -10 and tomorrow it will feel like below zero all ...
... last night with thunder and lightning, though not much rain. This morning the sky is overcast and more importantly, it's rather windy.
We all hang around the breakfast buffet at the assembly point until the expected news arrives. Flying is cancelled today. So it's back to the hotel for more sleep (lazy foreigners) and a chance to catch up with the blog diary (stalwart Brit).
Today, we head out by cab from our Balat room around 10 for our 12:30 flight. I can't say that I'm sad to leave this house or Istanbul. There is only so much time that I like to spend in big cities. We are really looking forward to Cappadocia. Our flight is uneventful until we reach the Kayseri airport. No one is standing there with our name on a paper. :(. There are lots of taxi and shuttle drivers, but no Agra Travel and no one even knows who they are! Finally, one of ...
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