Cappadocia is a unique historical region in landlocked Central Anatolia, in the Nevsehir Province of Turkey.
The area is most distinguished for the extraordinary spectacular rock formations and eroded volcanic rock tuff landscape that was formed millions of years ago, the collective work of lava spluttering volcanoes eroded over time by wind and water.
The region is famed for its basalt capped fairy chimneys, natural rock formations in various shapes, some which have been excavated and hollowed out and converted into houses, hotels, chapels, churches and monasteries.
The Goreme open air Museum is a microcosm of the Cappadocia region with some spectacular rock formations and a cluster of several fine chapels, churches and monasteries with fine frescoes dating from the 9th century onwards and built out of the volcanic tuff.
Cappadocia is one of most magical places in the world to take a hot air balloon ride and I spent an hour slowly drifting over the lunar like landscape taking a number of images in the early morning summer light.
The Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
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