If you read your bible often you will know that Cappadocia and Cilicia were in ancient Greece. They were important Christian religion satellite cities. After the Ottoman Turks took over the reign of Turkey and its environment, they recovered Cappadocia from Greece and Roman influence and brought it under their Empire. Today, Cappadocia is part of the modern Turkish republic and a major tourism hub. Below are a few facts about Cappadocia that may interest you.
- Cappadocia’s attraction to tourists is mainly because of the lunar-like mushroom shaped fairies. They were formed by erosion of volcanic sediments that later solidified into a soft rock known as tuff. In due time, the winds will then erode the rocks’ surface leaving the smooth core of the rocks.
- The soft tuff rocks were easily carved and presented a chance for the early inhabitants of Cappadocia to carve underground and over-ground shelters.
- Cappadocia cuts across 3 central Anatolia provinces including; Nevşehir, Keyseri, and Niğde. It covers an area of about 5,000 square kilometers.
- The name ‘Cappadocia’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Katpaktukya’ which is translated as ‘the land of beautiful horses’.
- Not all parts of Cappadocia get tourists. If you are lucky enough to visit a town such as Gulşehir, you will receive more than your fair share of attention in a bid to market it as tourist friendly too.
- Cappadocia was formed about three to four million years when a series of volcanic eruptions shook the Central Anatolia plateau. The results were the Cappadocia fairies.
- During the Arab invasion, the retreating Christians used to hide in the underground cities in Gerome. The name Gerome is translated to mea ‘you cannot see in here’.
- Cappadocia of the Ancient was largely a monastery. The lifestyle was established by Basil of Caesarea who encouraged Christian monks to gather in the monasteries and pray together.
- . In Byzantine Cappadocia, Tokali Kilise church was the main prayer site. It boasts some of the best preserved paintings from the Middle Ages.
- The Mount Aktepe near Göreme and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
- Cappadocia is best seen from a hot air balloon. The ride makes you feel like you are in a space ship and are capturing the views of the moon surface. If you get a chance, visit Cappadocia. It is a tourist destination like no other.