Cappadocia Turkey
Villages and Valleys

Coupled with the rock churches are several neighboring villages built into the landscape. Some of the more interesting villages and valleys in Cappadocia are :

CavusinCavusin : The extent of the erosion in this village forced the inhabitants to abandon their homes on the slopes and settle on the plain below. However, this rock ghost town is still alive to visitors in the interiors of St. John the Baptist Church (8th century) and the Cavusin Church (10th century). Reached by an iron stairway, what is now the entrance to the church was originally the narthex. Second only to the Tokali Church in detail, the frescoes illustrate different narratives from the New Testament in red and green, predominant colors of the region.
Soganli ValleyThe Soganli Valley: Enclosed by steep hills, this village unique beauty is the contrast between its rocky climate with vegetation and streams. Of particular interest among its many rock churches are the two storied Kubbeli churches. The natural structure of the rock has been worked to give the impression of a dome decorated in a geometrical design.
Ihlara valleyThe Ihlara Valley: Formed from the volcanic eruptions of Hasan Dagi carving gorges through the Melendiz range, this region between Ihlara and Selime was once very populated. Today over a hundred monasteries and churches dating from the 10th to the 13th century still peer through their rock openings at the passersby. In a church dedicated to St. George are both the names of the Seljuk Sultan and the Byzantine Emperor (Giyasettin Mesud II and Andronicus II) that aptly illustrating the religious tolerance of the Turkish rulers.