This ‘jandarma’ (police station) at Pasabag, on the Cavusin to Zelve road, looks like it belongs in Bedrock, the fictional Stone Age city in the Flintstones cartoon. Like many ‘buildings’ in this part of Cappadocia, it is nothing more than a man-made cave which has been carved out of the soft ‘tuff’ rock. The rock perched on top of the tuff cone has been there for thousands of years, and being made of a harder material has not eroded as fast as the softer tuff underneath. This process is known as differential erosion by geomorphologists, and gives rise to these strange ‘Flintstone-like’ rock formations which are locally known as peribaca. Not far from where this picture was taken is the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys where there are hundreds of such peribaca stretching as far as the eye can see.
I wasn't quite sure what to list this as. 'Architecture' didn't seem right as nobody designed this. They are definitely not 'ruins' because this is a working police station. So I listed it as 'nature' given that this peribaca was created by Mother Nature. Also I am not sure if I have the state right. If Pasabag is not in Nevsehir, I would welcome any TE members from Turkey correcting me.
I did think about cloning out the telephone wires from this, but as they are not too prominent, and the cloning would have involved a lot of work, I left them in. PP: Cropped, slight adjustment to levels, USM.
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Drom (1205) 2005-08-27 11:13
Intéressante photo: un commissariat troglodyte!
Le ciel ressort bien et le cadrage donne une idée d'ensemble.
MiguelP (14470) 2005-08-27 12:25
The combination of the shapes of the rocks and the sky creates a strange atmosphere, this would be an excellent location for a science-fiction film. Take care David.
PS: I wonder the outcome cropping the lower part in orther to avoid th asphalt.
kevinos (7507) 2005-08-27 16:06
Stunning clarity and colour David, what amazing light, in this part of the world! You have made a facinating record of these amazing structures.
erdna (5711) 2005-08-28 15:19
Very interesting write-up and photo. I have seen mountain dwellers of cappadocia in pictures but not these. Your picture is very definitive, sharp and with good exposure. Can it be called organic architecture?
magda_indigo (22) 2005-08-29 13:48
Striking, stunning, so very interesting, never seen anything like it, thanx, (*_*)
sayzey (2358) 2005-08-30 10:27
Hey David! This is great, I cant believe this is a real police station! It looks exactly as you say, it shoudl be in bedrock!
Great capture though with this interesting sky!
klyee75 (778) 2005-08-31 20:52
The 12-24mm looks like a real high quality lens. I like the composition of this picture...nice blue sky and decorated with some clouds. Good shot
krakowiak (4762) 2005-11-10 3:25
Fantastic composition of great blue sky with well shaped rocks. Very Interesting place :-)
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-06-25 2:41
Never have I seen a police station like this. Very impressive! Great note. This is what makes TE such a special place. You get to learn something new everyday!
With Greetings from India
elmec (12210) 2006-07-25 16:37
Very interesting stones forms, very exotic for us.
Great playing sky and clouds with rocks!
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-27 10:47