In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we head to Göreme to explore the magic of Cappadocia's unique topography, climbing through cave houses and underground cities, admiring ancient frescoes painted straight onto rock and, best of all, being in awe of it all from above in a hot-air balloon.
Here's what we got up to in Turkey this week!
May 5th 2014. Turquoise cone. Not only is the Mevlana Museum Konya's number one tourist attraction, it's also the final resting place of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Muhammad Balkhī, better known as Rumi, the Persian Sufi mystic and world renowned poet.
May 6th 2014. Kingdom under the hill. Having arrived late in Göreme the previous day, we were keen on getting out and seeing some of the cave dwellings this area is famous for. This magnificent example is actually Uchisar Castle, a Byzantine citadel carved into the highest point in Cappadocia.
May 7th 2014. Fairy chimneys. Developed over decades of erosion, these unique mushroom capped spires of volcanic rock have come to characterise the unique region that is Cappadocia.
May 8th 2014. Ballooning Cappadocia. There are few things more magical than starting your day with 100 colourful hot-air balloons silently drifting through deep, fertile valleys dotted with ancient cave dwellings.
May 9th 2014. Underworld. Once again we test our tolerance for dark and confined spaces as we explore Cappadocia's deepest underground city of Derinkuyu. Take a deep breath and dive in with us. Just don't think too much about the earthquakes that occasionally hit this region. ;)
May 10th 2014. 6th century frescoes. Feeling a little like Indiana Jones as we explore long abandoned caves and centuries old churches.
May 11th 2014. Sunbeams. Turkey sure knows how to do sunsets! And here in Göreme, there aren't any shortage of vantage points.