Saturday, August 14, 2010
IHLARA VALLEY - CAPPADOCIA
If you are visiting the legend land of Cappadocia a trip to the Ihlara valley is highly recommended. This 100 m deep gorge is located between the Ihlara village and the Selime village. There are several different entrance points. In all it is about 14 km long and can be divided into hikes of two or three, or more hours which are not at all difficult.
The dramatic and scenic canyon was created by the Melendiz river which still flows at the bottom through a lush greenery of natural beauty with a great variety of plant and animal life. As already said the walk is easy and mostly in the shade provided by wonderful trees, among them poplars and pistachios. The stroll is from time to time interrupted by lovely vine yards.
The typical Cappacocian landscape pf rocks and columns carved through erosion is present in the valley as well.
Numerous of small medieval churches, chapels and monasteries are hewn and cut into the rock, many of them semi ruined and in poor condition. They are decorated with colorful frescoes and quite a few can be visited.
Tenths of thousands of people once lived here and proof of their presence can be found throughout the valley.
Willow trees border the riverbed.
And here is the photographer!