Photographer's Note

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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