Ihlara Village and the Ihlara Valley

Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2008

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Ihlara Valley is found in central Turkey in what is known as the region of Cappadocia.  Cappadocia was settled in 1800 BC, but that's not the most interesting fact about the area.  What is interesting in the unique ways that people lived here - they were cave dwellers.  They built what amounts to entire cities into caves and in underground areas.  The area also became a refuge for Christians during the Roman and Byzantine periods from the 4th to the 11th centuries.

We stayed in the small village of Ihlara for a couple of nights in order for us to take in the Ihlara Valley.  We hiked a particularly picturesque section of it for about 10 miles.  The hike took us from pastures where herders tended to their herds of goats and into deep gorges were tall cliffs rose above us.  You often passed local farmers caring for their small fields of crops.  It was a wonderful and peaceful way to spend a day.  Ihlara Village was welcoming and quiet.  Best we could tell, there were only 4 tourists staying in town and we were 2 of them.  The locals were friendly and welcoming.  It was nice to be in a place where tourists aren't unheard of, but they aren't the norm either.  Hard to find - but always nice when you do.

Enjoy the pictures!

Jon and Liz
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