Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cappadocia | Unique Landscape of Byzantine Era

Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock. Cappadocia is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. This rocky landscape is honeycombed with networks of ancient underground settlements and outstanding examples of Byzantine art.

Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
This area with unusual topographic characteristics was regarded as sacred and called, in the Scythian/Khatti language, as Khepatukha, meaning "the country of the people of the chief god Hepat", although there are more poetic claims on the origin of the region's name, such as the Old Persian Katpatuka, which allegedly means "the land of beautiful horses".

Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is an underground city in Turkey which is dominated by Templars. The region was used for the 1989 science fiction film Slipstream to depict a cult of wind worshippers. In 2010 and early 2011, the film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance also filmed in the Cappadocia region. This exceptional natural wonders become World Heritage site in 1985.

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