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Brian Richards

Mushroom-Shaped Fairy Chimneys

Pasabag Valley, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

November 3, 2023 10:49

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Pasabag Valley is located on the road to Zelve, coming from Goreme or Avanos. This unique valley is home to the highest concentration of fairy chimneys (striking cone topped rock pillars). This site is also called Monks Valley.

Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately nine to three million years ago, during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs, underlie the Cappadocia region. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits over the ages.


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