Cappadocia is one of the most mysterious places in Turkey
Today, our goal Cappadocia. “Country of beautiful horses” in Persian language, translates Cappadocia. Is it, a 7 hour drive from the resort town of Antalya. The road is long but it is worth going to see a different Turkey, not a tourist, and this, with others not appearing in the guidebooks sights of Turkey. Moreover, it is worth to see the country with ancient history and deep traditions of the East, living to this day.
On the way to Cappadocia.
First, a significant place, was a historic hotel Han Obruk. It’s something like a caravanserai, where previously, the travelers found shelter and food. Unfortunately today, for travelers, the door of this Han Obruk, closed.
Stroll through ancient, a roadside hotel, we were not able. It turns out it was under renovation. Maybe you’ll have better luck. However, the stop was not in vain. We were able to witness the eternal lake of Obruk that hid behind Han. Once, millions of years ago, it was huge, but recently, began to dry.
Enjoying vanishing beauty, we continued our journey.
Depart for Pamukkale.
Indeed, at first sight, the snow-white slopes of Pamukkale, resemble the perfect place to gornolyzhnaya, and only the southern greens and tourists in bathing suits, destroying this illusion. Although winter associations come to mind, only the Northern peoples who don’t know what snow is. In Turkey, this place compared to cotton castle, is translated Pamukkale.
This place is the thermal springs, rich in calcium. For centuries, water was flowing down the mountainside, formed of petrified cascades, and terraces and small pools. Pamukkale, called the eighth wonder of the world, so every year, millions of people from around the world, come here. However, due to the mass pilgrimage, the once perfectly white travertine, covered with a yellowish bloom.
All this beauty that nature had created over 20 thousand years, and tourists were able to spoil, for 20 with small years.
The water temperature in the springs of Pamukkale, corresponds to the body temperature, somewhere around 36C. Thermal waters, attracted people in the local region, from ancient times. The ancient Romans learned about the healing properties of the source, and therefore founded here, in the II century BC. the city of Hierapolis, which is believed to be in the world, perhaps the first SPA resort.
Since time immemorial, there have been persistent rumors that in Hierapolis, correcting your health and rejuvenated, Cleopatra. Being on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, it is impossible not to visit this place. No wonder they say: “Who was not in Pamukkale, he had not seen the Turkey.” And it’s true! One way to these beautiful places, and returning, can be a lot to talk about Eastern country.
Next on our route, was the city of Konya. The city, which is considered the most Orthodox in Turkey. Unlike European Antalya, Konya, almost all ladies wore tightly buttoned coats and hijabs, and men, head covers traditional FEZ.
Despite the universal religion, say that it is in Konya, during Ramadan, most sold alcoholic drinks. But sin in this, because they are drunk after sunset. It is believed that at this time, Allah sleeps, and sees nothing.
Here we are getting to Cappadocia. Kinds of Cappadocia, to rouse, even the most meager imagination. Some of the mountains, for example, reminded us of the monuments, one of which is a statue of Alexander Nevsky. (In the contours of the mountain), clearly visible helmet, eyes, mouth and nose of the commander. This is only a small part of what came to our minds, looking at the mountains of Cappadocia.
Those who believe in extraterrestrial civilizations, believe that Cappadocia appeared not without participation of aliens. In fact, these fanciful shapes, created over millennia, nature itself. First, volcanoes spewed millions of tons of ash and lava, then the wind and rain, completed the job. Well, after all, creations of nature, laid the hand of man.
Generation of many people, wyrobili in the rocks innumerable passages of the caves that served as dwellings for them. And the city was created not only on earth. In the 4th century in Cappadocia and as a refuge for early Christians. Christ’s followers were subjected to much persecution, and to protect themselves, began to build underground cities. One of them is Kaymakli underground city.
Breathe in Kaymakli, to our surprise, very easily. Despite the fact that the city is deep underground, it is damp, and a very comfortable temperature, not too cold and not too hot. All of these, and the damlataş cave, thanks to an ingenious ventilation system.
Kaymakli, reminiscent of a high-rise building, only Dating back to ancient. To date, the archaeologists found only 8 levels. How many of them actually, no one knows.
Ending our journey on this unique place, we couldn’t resist, and tied a ribbon on the wish tree, put forth, again to come here, to this mysterious “country of beautiful horses”, Cappadocia.