Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cappadocia - Turkey

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Cappadocia in Turkey is one of the UNESCO world heritage site. Cappadocia is where science and nature meets. The structures that you see today are made from the volcanic eruptions that occurred some millions of years ago. The people then craved those eruptions into beautiful structures. There are about 1000 churches and chapels in Cappadocia. The decorations and artistic features are the amazing one. The most important to see are the underground cities.

Underground cities – Cappadocia

Cappadocia is well known for underground cities. There is no exact number of underground cities. There may be hundreds of such cities but only six of them were opened for seeing. Some of the well known underground cities of Cappadocia area are Gaziemir Underground City, Mazi Village Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Tatlarin Underground city. These underground cities were craved from volcanic eruptions in order to protect the inhabitants from wild animals. These cities were well connected by tunnels and chimneys were made to provide water and ventilation. The upper part of the underground cities were used for living while the lower parts were used for storage, wine making, flour grinding and worship in simple chapels.

Things to do in Cappadocia:

Cross Golf
Hot air Ballooning
Museum Hotel
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When to go:

The best time to take tour of Cappadocia is from April to June or from September to October.

Getting to Cappadocia:

There are excellent bus service to Cappadocia from the major cities of Turkey like Ankara, Istanbul and many more. The place you may reach in Cappadocia may differ based on the point where you took the bus. The cheapest way to take tour there is through bus or dolmus. There are numerous travel companies that offer one day tour and the charge may range from $70 to $100 per person or you may hire cars.

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