The Fairy Chimneys
Looking like something from a Han Christian Anderson
fairy story it is easy to understand how the natural
geological formations around Göreme have been named
Fairy Chimneys, whether you see them in bright sunlight
of summer or in the earie glow of a snow swept winter
they seem otherworldly and not at all of this place or
Yet in fact they are an entirely natural structure,
and are now used by locals and tourists alike as
buildings makes them all the more special. Seeing
stairways and windows cut into the natural structures,
blending styles of stone work architecture that could be
from 1,000 years ago with modern needs causes unique
shapes to be developed.
While the geological process that produce the Fairy
Chimneys, also known as hoodoo in geology, are not
unique to Turkey it is here around Göreme that the most
beautiful are found.
Many of the best examples are of course found in the
Open Air Museum here
Due to their height and the age of the structures it
is not possible to safely visit and view all types of
structures from the ground.
Therefore it is very popular to take aerial tours of
the region using Hot Air Balloons as these allow you to
silently enjoy the chimneys without walking or danger.
Today the structures are used as houses,
hotels and as seen here,