Fatma and Hasan
Goreme is full of fairy chimneys and caves. In the Nevsehir Province of central Turkey, Goreme is the central village for the region of Cappadocia, used for centuries as a place of refuge and worship. It's lunar landscape and stunning architecture wow the traveler into a state of awe. Pictured here are the parents of a man named Refik, the owner of a local restaurant, Nazar Borek Gozleme. While eating lunch, Refik and his employee serenaded us with traditional Turkish songs while playing the baglama and drum. We asked Refik if he knew of any cave churches nearby that we could see, and he sent us to his parents' house. "They are cave people," he said, "I grew up in a cave." Fatma and Hasan live in a carved out fairy chimney on the outskirts of Goreme and are the key holders to a 1,500 year old cave church. After exploring the church, we were welcomed in to their cave, lined with rugs that Fatma had made, and were served apple tea and cookies.
By Lauren Bell
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