Photographer's Note

Paşabağı or Monks Valley as it is more commonly referred to, has arguably the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. In this area you can see a few different types of fairy chimneys – the elongated fairy chimneys look like giant asparagus or Japanese king trumpet mushrooms and then there are those that are pedestal shape with broader bases. The cone shape fairy chimney, like the one at the front of the top picture, is a chimney that has lost its cap due to erosion.

Cappadocia had become a thriving monastic community by the 4th century and St Simeon was one of the many monks who came to Cappadocia. It seemed that rumours had got around that he could perform miracles and he came to Cappadocia to escape the attention. He lived as a hermit in the upper reaches inside one of the 15-metre high fairy chimneys with his disciples and only descended occasionally to get food and drink brought by his disciples. A hermit’s shelter and a chapel dedicated to St. Simeon has been built into one of the fairy chimneys and we visited the inside of this fairy chimney and climb to the top.

This is a view from one of the natural ‘windows’ perhaps what the monks would see through every day....two unique Paşabağı fairy chimneys - a couple of monks standing with hood and gown.

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