The name Cappadocia derives from Karpatuka, which means ‘’the Land of Beautiful Horses’. In this captivating region, where human settlement dates back to the Paleolithic period, the highest quality horses of the ancient period were raised. Today, this world-famous region of Nevşehir is known as “Cappadocia”. The Cappadocia Region was an inland sea, as understood from the fossils of the sea creatures found in archaeological excavations. This quintessential fairy tale land, attracting visitors from all over the world with its unique Fairy Chimneys and colourful balloons. So why is Cappadocia one of the most fascinating places in the world? Come take a look!
Fairy Chimneys “Nature, History & Mystery”
According to a legend has been told from the ancient times, this place was previously home of the giants who mistreated people. When they got angry, they have been sending fire stones from the top of the mountains to the people’s homes. The Fairies Sultan became aware of this situation, he took all of the fairies and moved to the region. The fairies extinguished the fires and allowed the locals to escape underground. Again, according to the same myth, people carved houses into the rocks and the fairies lived in the small rooms above them and they began to live together in peace.
As a matter of fact, this mystical region is geologically composed of the lava and ashes, erupted from Erciyes, Hasandağı and Güllüdağı volcanos millions of years ago, and then were eroded by rain and wind.
In Cappadocia, you’ll travel with deep curiosity. But wait, there are also many surprising and mysterious underground cities here. This region is home to about 40 underground cities, some of which can accommodate 20 thousand people. During the Hittites, the first floor was built without using any technological equipment, and it was further expanded during the Roman and Byzantine periods and became a bigger city. The city is connected by narrow corridors, rooms and campuses. No doubt, it is a very different experience to visit and feel this underground world.
Have your cameras ready, every square inch of these valleys seems to be a work of art. The Kizilcukur Valley is a perfect spot for sunsets. Welcoming the cute and curious pigeons in The Güvercinlik Valley and The Ihlara Valley will host you in this giant canyon. You’ll feel like you are in a series of postcards.
Cappadocia from the sky
Underground cities, valleys and canyons; they are all trying to explain something about this region. We have found a great way to look at this fabulous place from the sky and listen to all these stories together. Balloons!
When you say Cappadocia, you immediately think of Fairy Chimneys and hot air balloons flying over it. If the weather conditions are suitable, then a visual feast begins. Colourful balloons take off into the clouds to watch the sunrise. All valleys, settlements and Fairy Chimneys are now waiting for you to discover their mysteries right under your feet!