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August 4, 2006 – A journey to Cappadocia And Surrounds, Turkey in Middle East

An Underground City And A Hometown-reminding Hike

The next day, we took a trip to see the Underground City. Housing underground proved to be much cooler than the temperature outside, which we welcomed as it was just too hot. The temperature nicely stays the same throughout the winter. Pretty ingenious inhabitants, I must say. They built their underground city very efficiently, with deep tunnels, hiding places from enemies, and so forth. Nobody lives there now though.

entrances to tunnels and rooms

In the afternoon, we went for a short jaunt in Ilhara Valley. The site is very much a lush valley with a river flowing through a deep canyon. Hiking through the valley reminded me much of my hikes with my dog on a specific trail back at home (very similar scenery). Several Christian monasteries can be visited along the trail as well. They're built in the sides of the canyon.

Ilhara Valley – note the caves/dark entrances in the side of the canyon – those are monasteries

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