Göreme is located in the heart of Cappadocia. The sandstone formations in Cappadocia are spectacular. Many of these sandstone cones are hollowed out for buildings. Some of them have Byzantine churches cut out of the rocks.

In some of the valleys, the rocks have pigeon holes cut out of the walls. Pigeon guano was a very important fertilizer, so the pigeon holes were very valuable. Some of them were nicely decorated.

A balloon ride over Cappadocia is a spectacular way to see these formations.

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Rock-cut Dwellings Uçhisar
Rock-cut dwellings in Uçhisar. (752k)
View Göreme Top
View of Göreme from the top of the valley. (822k)
Roman Castle Cut
Roman Castle cut out of one of the sandstone cones. (521k)
Pigeon Holes Cut
Pigeon holes cut out of a sandstone cone. (669k)
Pigeon Holes Sandstone
Pigeon holes in a sandstone cliff. (620k)
Pigeon Holes Sandstone
Pigeon holes in a sandstone cliff. (785k)
Decorated Front Pigeon
Decorated front of pigeon holes. (749k)
Decorated Front Pigeon
Decorated front of pigeon holes. (648k)
Painting Byzantine Church
Painting in a Byzantine church near Göreme. (569k)

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