Photographer's Note

Paşabağı in Cappadocia, Turkey is located about 1 km away from Göreme - Avanos road. Remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Pacha means "General", the military rank, in Turkish and it is a very common nick name. Paşabağı contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique even for Cappadocia and these fairy chimneys are named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. These interesting structures are formed due to the harder rock material deposited above, such that they form mushrooms shapes. The bottom portions of tuff wear away easily, but the top portion is rockier and is less weathered.

Some of these cones split into smaller cones in their upper sections, in which stylites (type of Christian ascetic who in the early days of the Byzantine Empire stood on pillars preaching, fasting and praying) and hermits once hid, as early as 5th century. That’s the reason why this site is also called Monks Valley. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon), and a hermit's shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. He is believed to have lived at the top of a 2m high column, and later moved to one 15m in height. From there he only descended occasionally to get food and drink brought by his disciples.

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