The Soğanlı Valleys - Perfect place for some Cappadocian cave-church exploring off the beaten path. To me, Goreme open air museum is way too crowded with overpriced entrance fee.
1st pic: Kubbeli Kilise (“Dome Church”), whose paintings date from about 850-950 AD, is one of the 150 cave churches in Soğanli Valley
2nd pic: The Church of Karabas, the greatest & most beautiful church in Soganli.
3rd pic: The fresco inside Karabas, decorated with Christ’s birth, His baptism, struggle,crucifying in Byzantine & Seljukian pattern.
Çavuşin Rock Castle
‘'From first century AD, the first Christians who settled here were persecuted for their faith by Romans. Therefore they dug small caves into the tuff rocks in Çavuşin and hid themselves in threatening situations. Over time the quickly spreading Christian population started using those caves as storerooms for food and cisterns.For prayers and religious practices, small chapels were dug into the rocks. ”
'Modern' side of Cappadocia that local houses were converted into cave hotels or pensions in tourist town.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid-Al Fitr) to my Muslim friends
< Blue Mosque, Istanbul
We were on the ATV bike and met a late 60’s parents who were carrying their paralyzed son by foot on this road. It was truly inspiring.
There is nothing to stop you to see the world. #parentslove
On way to Gülşehir
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Can’t believe this is happening again. (I lost a friend in MH370. Joy, we ll always remember you.)
Cappadocia, is much more than hot air balloon, or strange cave formation. I highly recommend to take a day or two of road trip in this region, experiencing the Turkish countryside. The road is surprisingly very well maintained with great landscape somehow it reminded me of Iceland : )
Eminönü Station, Istanbul
Eminönü covers roughly the area on which the ancient Byzantium was built. The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea.
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