Deep in the Turkish desert exists a land of magical structures: sculpted by the Earth itself, and modified by the ancient peoples of the Cappadocia Empire. Almost 2,500 years ago in the time of Herodotus, Cappadocia was at its prime, ruling lands from Mount Taurus to the Black Sea. While the ruling classes lived in palaces and fortresses as would be expected, the thousands upon thousands of citizens carved their homes into the Earth itself. Welcome to ancient Cappadocia…
Fairy Chimneys, (peri bahcasi) are towering structures of sedimentary or volcanic rock formed through erosion by prehistoric waterways. Although they can be found in many regions around the world, only in Cappadocia did they make houses out of them.
Today many of the chimneys have been modernized and are still in use as single family dwellings. In fact in the upper south-west end of the village, Goreme, some of the largest fairy chimneys have been converted into hotels, namely the Cappadocia Academy Guesthouse, which is more commonly known as simply “The Fairy Chimney Inn”.