In the middle of Central Anatolia, in the heart of Turkey, is an extraordinary and captivating landscape, Cappadocia, a wonderful fairy-tale land formed of tuff stone and ‘fairy chimneys’ in which tradition and adventure abound.
Urgup is the gateway into this wonderful region, a gentle transition from a modern world into a miraculous land of a former age. Within its centre are ancient inns, baths, and wells that date back to Seljuk and Ottoman times. Devrent Vadisi was named, according to the color of its soil, the Pink Valley, an uninhabited valley with cave dwellings and rock churches its scenic splendour being quite unique. The first inhabitants of this region believed that the rocks were chimneys which belonged to fairies who lived beneath the earth’s surface. Thus Cappadocia is still known as Land of the Fairy Chimneys, a fitting name for its amazing landscape.
The soft tuff rock facilitated the digging of caves in which their creators lived and worked and, as the centuries ticked by, even churches. It was here that they lived, worked and prayed, protected from the cold of winter and from the heat of the sun in summer.
There are around thirty six subterranean towns in Cappadocia of which Derinkuyu is the most famous, a labyrinth of corridors and chambers, eight floors deep in which around twenty thousand people, along with their cattle, found shelter during troubled times.
Cappadocia is a momentous work of art and a truly authentic miracle of nature!