The cave homes of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, Turkey.


Around 8 million years ago in the Cappadocia region of Turkey volcanic eruptions formed a large plateau of volcanic ash, lava and basalt. Later, tens of thousands of years of sharp changes in temperature, heavy rains, and melting snow produced what are known as 'fairy chimneys', up to 40m tall. The caves formed as part of this erosion have housed many civilizations. Ortahisar is one of the many villages that occupy this labyrinth of caves where thick walls keep the homes cool in the 40C summers. Visit the beautiful interior of Evelien's cave home in Ortahisar.