23 Feb '11, 10pm

Rocky roads #horses

Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi used hand-carved stone to create curvaceous, organic-looking structures instantly recognisable for their strange, non-conformist features. In Cappadocia, central Turkey, nature wields its own chisel in the form of wind and rain, slowly sculpting the soft tuff rock that it spewed forth during volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Seen as a whole, Cappadocia presents a vision so out of this world it's mind boggling. There's the meringue-like contours of the cliffs, valleys of fairy chimneys - or phallic rock structures, depending on your interpretation - interspersed with lush vegetation sprung from the fertile soil. There's history too that goes back several millennia to the Hittite civilisation. Seeking to escape Roman persecution, the early Christians dug deep into the rock, enlarging and living in underground cities created by earlier ...

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