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Exploring the rock caves in an open air museum where Christianity once reigned in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey. The nunnery, dining hall, kitchen, rooms were on the first floor and chapel on second one while the church was on the 3rd floor. Tunnels were used to get from once level to another. Doors were used to close off the tunnels in times of danger. Looking through the rock room window
Rock cut community dining table- dark walls due to cooking fires
Wearing: Zara jeans, Forever 21 top, Tods shoes, Michael Kors purse, Swatch watch
These pontic Alps can be explored endlessly, the best way is enjoying the open air museum with a guide in the morning. Situated in the center of the Cappadocia region, this open air museum is easily accessible, I walked about 20 minutes from Goreme village center.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the museum has some of the best preserved rock hewn architecture and beautifully maintained wall paintings called frescoes. (It was prohibited to photograph the fresco technique, art to be enjoyed in the moment only.)
There were so many caves and churches to visit, it’s hard to believe this was all once carved in stone by hand. The museum concentrates on Turkey’s Christian past with some of the earliest churches in history, when Christianity was first embraced. As I visited from one rock church to another, it downed on me that these caves where home to the monks of the time. Many of whom were prosecuted because of their Christianity.
Until next time,
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