|TAKE the TURKEY (TURKIYE) TOUR:
|Robert "Danny" Ricketts and the Camel Man at the Lava Houses
About one hundred miles southeast of Ankara, Turkey's capital city, a strange landscape has formed from
eroded volcanic lava. At some remote period of time, Mount Erciyes (13,000 feet), which lies east of the
area, erupted and covered the ground with a thick layer of ash. After the ash hardened, wind and rain
carved out tall chimney-like formations. The cave cities are within the triangle between the modern cities
of Nevsehir, Nigde and Kayseri.
|Houses were carved from the pumice of an ancient volcano
More than a thousand years before the birth of Christ, Hittites carved out houses and entire villages within
these formations. Following the Hittites, many other peoples lived in these cave-like dwellings. Control of
the area shifted many times with Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Goths, Romans, Byzantines, and others
ruling over Cappadocia.
|Town of Urgup, Turkey in the Cappadocia region
|Mount Erciyes is a dormant volcano (13,000 feet)