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Monday, February 27, 2012

Our World - Selime Monastery, Cappadocia

For Our World entry, I'm featuring another memorable series of photos of my trip to Cappodocia in Turkey.

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Selime Kalesi or the Castle Monastery Church is one of the largest religious sites in Cappadocia, carved out of the rocks by monks in the 13th century.


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There are different caves and connecting tunnels, some with ancient kitchens, stables, chapels, cathedral-sized church and some secret passageways.


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The rocks have gotten so many bizarre shapes throughout the years and some even look like faces, a bit creepy I'd say. Here's one of them and it portrays the sense that someone is always watching over your shoulder.


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The hiking trails can be quite slippery and nerve-wracking and there are no safety guard rails to prevent you from falling over the rocks. I've always wonder how those ancient inhabitants made it up here at night!


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Due to the lack of safety barriers and my fear of falling, I stayed on the lower level while hubby took the tour around. While he was climbing high, I wandered around, took some photos and enjoyed the beauty of nature.


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I also discovered from the tour guide that a few scenes from the original Star Wars was filmed here.


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21 comments:

  1. Cappadocia is so nostalgic. I have visited 11 years ago. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  2. A lot of great photos you have here, Life Ramblings! This is one of the place on this Earth I have visited with great pleasure. I even went ballooning there! It's a strange and beautiful place.

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  3. The rocks look interesting. Yes creepy too haha!

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  4. Amazingly beautiful! And the monks carved these!? wow.

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  5. Looks very nice, the first three time we were in Turkey we didn't visit anything, just a releaxing holiday. In fact it is scandalous. Good pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. Bonza photos. I especially like the face in the rock in the 3rd photo, if you look hard enough the face also has beard :-).

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  7. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Oh, that must have been so interesting!

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  9. they found strange out of the way places to get away from it all!



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  10. Wonderful shots of rock formations. Very unique.

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  11. There is so much fascinating history in a place like this! I did not see this area when I visited Turkey.

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  12. Such an interesting place, but I can see getting lost in there.

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  13. Thank you for this very interesting post! It's amazing what people do with their surroundings.

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  14. Gosh, I wonder how Hollywood directors found this place. Interesting!

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  15. What an amazing place, I remember a similar scene in the Star Wars movie. Thanks for sharing your tour. Have a great week!

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  16. Beautiful rock formations. The wonders of nature. :)

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  17. At first I didn't feel anything until I read the part where someone is always watching over my shoulder.. and then I got goosebumps ha ha... :)

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  18. Interesting formation of rocks, thanks for sharing sweetie! :)

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  19. It's back to work for me now, am on a major deadline and here I am happily bloghopping away ...hehehhehe! :D:D

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