In the Province of Nevşehir, Turkey, is an area called Cappadocia. Within it are a few other villages, most notably Göreme and Ürgüp. The images are of these two area. They are, arguably, the most visually amazing landscapes on earth. In the summer of 1988 I came upon Aliosman and his daughter, Limon, while trekking through what’s called Rose Valley. They owned a “fairy chimney” house — which often served as a tea house (though they never charged for it) when the Limon was not in school — for lost souls such as myself. While they stayed overnight in their (Ottoman era) home in town, I got to stay the night in the cave house. And oh, what a view.
In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there.