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Have you seen my first photo from Ihlara Valley (***WINDOW OF LIGHT IN IHLARA VALLEY***)? Back then I wrote about how the weather had been terrible that whole day, and that a few minutes before sunset, a "window" opened in the clouds and that that window of light was a great "gift" that day. Well the "gift" become even better, a few minutes later and a few kilometres to the north, with this beautiful rainbow. As you can see, even that moment, there were two different "weathers" at the same time.

SOME INFO ABOUT IHLARA VALLEY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
"Ihlara is a township with own municipality in Aksaray Province, Central Anatolia, Turkey. It is situated at about 40 km (25 mi) from the province seat of Aksaray and near the town of Güzelyurt. The township is famed for the nearby valley of the same name, Ihlara Valley, which is a 16 km (10 mi) long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. The Melendiz Stream flows through the valley.

What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period.

Due the valley's plentiful supply of water and hidden places, here was the first settlement of the first Christians escaping from Roman soldiers. In the Ihlara Valley there are hundreds of old churches in the volcanic rock caves. The most known churches are Ağaçaltı Church with cross plan, Sümbüllü Church, Pürenliseki Church, Kokar Church, Yilanli Church, Karagedik Church, Kirkdamatli Church, Direkli Church, Ala Church, Kemerli Church and Egritas Church"


***MY TRIP TO CAPPADOCIA (THEME)***

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