Tuff rocks in the late afternoon, Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the funniest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. For thousands of years people were digging caves into the soft tuffstone and created a unique place. Since 1985 Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately the greed for money of companies and people is destroying this unique landscape.

360-degree photo of Kizil Kilise – Red Church, Sivrihisar, Turkey

The Kizil Kilise (= Red Church) had been built in the 6th century. It is the best preserved early Byzantine church in Cappadocia which had not been carved into the tuff rocks. It has its modern name from the red stone it is made of. The Kizil Kilise is very close to the villige Sivrihisar. Sivrihisar is possibly the Byzantine village Arianzos, the birthplace of Gregor of Nazianz. In the 4th century Gregor was one of the most important theologians in the Byzantine empire and after his death probably buried in the area around the church. Later his bones were brought to Konstantinopel, then stolen by the crusaders in 1204 and returned in 2004.

360° panorama of Zelve Tunnel, Cappadocia, Turkey

The open-air museum of Zelve in Cappadocia covers several valleys with hundreds of cave hoses, churches, chapels, mosques and a mill. People lived here until the late 40s of the 20th century, when an earthquake destroyed many caves. Another earthquake in the 90s damaged some more parts of the cave-rocks. Now they are not open to the public anymore. Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the funniest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. Since 1985 Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately the greed for money of companies and people is destroying this unique landscape.

360 degree image of Tuff Rocks in Pasabag, Cappadocia, Turkey

Late afternoon in a valley called “Pasabag” in Cappadocia. Cappadocia is an area made of soft tuff from the surrounding volcanos. Wind and weather created rocks in the funniest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. For thousands of years people were digging caves into the soft tuffstone and created a unique place, which became a UNESCO world heritage in 1985.