Stone Mansion Hotel
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... tunnels up to 10 km long. These cities were built so that the citizens could hide from their enemies. Ventilation shafts for air and wells could supply water.
The Fairy chimneys are eroded rocks of different hardness, as the lower soft rock eroded it left the harder rock formations that look like chimney's or mushrooms. Even these had carved out holes and chambers.
The hot air ballooning was a memory making experience. AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!
... the passage one at a time. Then the passage would be blocked by a large stone that could not be moved. The stone was placed in a slot in the passageway wall and could be rolled into the passageway and across it to fit into a slot on there other side also. Thus it was totally blocking the one person passage. A elaborate labyrinth of rooms might be filled with some booby trap pits also. They had churches, schools, kitchens and food and water to survive for months ...
... down for pre-dawn.
Too windy for balloons so we joined a tour group to look at cave houses, Byzantine churches, and an underground city. First time with a your group and it was very good. Goreme, our village, is one of many around Kappadokia region, and while many are run down and poor, tourism is their new direction. This area got UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985, and since then it's started to ...
... as a succession of marauding expansionists from the Far East came barrelling through the region.
They also found that the porous volcanic lava stumps left sticking up as the landscape eroded was a cool place to excavate a house.
Certainly by the 4th century the region had become a very important Christian community. There are a lot of cave churches here. Sadly ...
... to go. Then more stops for directions, we finally get to Goreme and locate what we think is the correct place. Apparently, there are a lot of places with stone or cave in their name in this area! So, we are unloaded and left at what ends up being the wrong place! Fortunately, it isn't too far from the right place, so the owner drives us to our place, Cappadocia Stone Palace. We are so delighted with our place. It's clean and beautifully decorated and there is even a ...