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If you look carefully you can spot 2 sets of windows & a door, where homes and churches have been carved into the soft, volcanic tuff rock. There are also a few fairy chimneys or hoodoos as they are known in North America. Where did the volcanic ash come from? There are still 2 dormant volcanoes in the region: Hasan Dag to the west (last erupted 8,200 years ago) and Erclyes Dag to the east (last erupted 9,000 years ago), along with several other dormant and extinct volcanoes. I've added a little more contrast and saturation to the original image as it was hazy and a little washed out in colours. The D on its side shaped niches in the fg were for pigeons and their eggs. The ancient Greeks and Byzantines settled here many centuries ago before the arrival of both the Selchuk and Ottoman Turks.

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