Hezen Cave Hotel
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The Cat in the Cave Hotel
A perfect oasis, this room was my home for two nights in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, famed for its ancient caves and early Christian settlements. (2nd century!) It's not obvious from this photo, but this room is in a cave hotel, where the back wall is formed by a natural cave. Upstairs was the communal dining room where the owner played endless games of backgammon, which he always won. A cozy place indeed.
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Bizarre world of central Turkey
From the patio of the Hezen Cave Hotel, in Ortahisar, you see the many abandoned homes dotting the sides of the landmark castle that distinguishes Ortahisar from other cave home cities. The castle will soon be a museum, hence the lack of current residents. Life in this valley goes back 3000 years. The Red and the Rose Valley, nearby are spectacular and have churches carved from the volcanic tuff rock that are as old as 1500 years. If this strange and wonderful landscape is not yet on your bucket list, it should be.
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Coming storm in Ortahisar, Turkey
Storms sweep from east to west in Cappadocia, this one in the late afternoon was lit up by the setting sun and cast a beautiful glow on the tower in Ortahisar. Just one more exquisite sight in the Goreme National Park area of central Turkey.
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