Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

September 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm 31 comments

Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey Cappadocia, Turkey

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These photos were taken in the Cappadocia region in Central Turkey. Save for one, they were all from inside small churches carved on rock formations during the early days of christianity. It’s been said that St. Paul himself, after being expelled from Jerusalem, came and established the first christian community there.

It wasn’t a cakewalk to reach the churches. The trail was uneven and slippery and filled with lush vegetation. It sometimes involved climbing up hills using both hands and crossing creeks balancing on logs. I slid once while going downhill. I should have worn shoes with better traction.

But it was all worth it. Although I don’t consider myself a born-again christian (actually, I’d be excommunicated for my beliefs), entering these churches had evoked some kind of religious experience in me.

After the muslim takeover of the country, christian churches like the Hagia Sophia and the St. Chora Church were converted into a mosque. As a result, their frescoes and mosaics were covered following the muslim edict of not allowing any kind of images inside a house of worship. Those that were later turned into a museum got their interior artwork restored for public viewing. Lesser known churches, such as those in Cappadocia, were abandoned and left to ruin. Since tourism has become the country’s number two industry, efforts are now being made for the restoration and preservation of these churches.

It would probably be my first and last visit to Turkey. It isn’t because I didn’t enjoy the trip. It’s just that life is short and that there are other places to see before I kick the bucket.

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  • 1. sustainabilitea  |  September 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’d love to see both Turkey and this.

    janet

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      janet:

      go whenever you can. you won’t regret it. I suggest a guided tour.

      Reply
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  • 5. Saba-Thambi  |  September 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I love to visit these places one day. It is in my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  September 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      saba-thambi:

      in case you’re interested, here’s the complete write-up on the turkey tour:
      http://wp.me/p6FwZ-ez

      Reply
  • 7. seeker  |  September 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I’ll go back again to follow the footsteps of St. Pauls. Beautiful pictures.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  September 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      seeker:

      i know you will. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. Lucid Gypsy  |  September 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I went there two years ago but my photos were not good so its great to see yours!

    Reply
  • 10. barbarafranken  |  September 14, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Beautiful pictures… Thanks for sharing… Barbara

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    • 11. plaridel  |  September 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Barbara:

      you’re very much welcome.

      Reply
  • 12. Madhu  |  September 14, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Marvelous shots! Would love to return someday.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  September 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      madhu:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked them. 🙂

      Reply
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  • 16. janaline's world journey  |  September 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Great photos for inside! I loved the little painted chappels dotted all over Cappadocia, they were so beautiful!

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    • 17. plaridel  |  September 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      janaline:

      sadly, the small churches or chapels are in a state of disrepair. hopefully, the Turkish government will expend more efforts to preserve them.

      Reply
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  • 20. Queen of Zoom  |  September 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thank you for the ping back!

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    • 21. plaridel  |  September 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      queen of zoom:

      you’re welcome.

      Reply
  • 22. Imelda  |  September 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for some glimpse of the early Church structures. What a religious experience it might be to be there. 🙂

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    • 23. plaridel  |  September 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      imelda:

      you should go there sometime. you won’t regret it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 24. Amy  |  October 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your travel experience. Turkey has rich history, I wish to visit there in the near future.

    Reply
    • 25. plaridel  |  October 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      amy:

      if you love history, turkey is for you. even if you don’t go beyond istanbul, it’s worth it. many aren’t aware, but istanbul is the only city that is part asia and part Europe.

      Reply
  • 26. Success Inspirers' World  |  January 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I have not been to Turkey. It looks a great place to visit.

    Reply
    • 27. plaridel  |  January 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      success inspirers’ world:

      highly recommended i’d suggest a trusted guide, though.

      Reply
      • 28. Success Inspirers' World  |  January 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        It’ll surely be long to come. No immediate plans.

        Reply
        • 29. plaridel  |  January 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

          success inspirers’ world:

          take your time. it’ll be always there. 🙂

          Reply

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