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UNDERGROUND CITY

Goreme-Mazi (bicycle)

sunny 32 °C

I slept till 10 o clock and still waked up with terrible hangover. After good breakfast and 2 aspirin pills I was conditionally ready for 35km cycling. We left Goreme at 12 o clock and because of thi we were rewarded with extreme hot temperatures during our cycling. Terrain was not so simple and we were mostly climbing uphill. After 3 hours when we arrived I was more than happy that I dont have to cycle no more. Ihsan was waiting for us in local tea house. He introduced us with their major of the village and we dranked tea together. People here can not understand why we dont wear no socks in summer:) They all wear shoes and socks no matter high temperatures. It is probably in their religion because you can see same acting all over the country (exception are coastal touristic places and Istanbul).
After tea Ihsan was so friendly and made lunch for us in his small office. This gave us power for exploring underground city located in center of village. This city is one of 6 that are opened for public. At the time when we were there it was closed, but Ihsan has the keys and we were still able to see it.
This underground cities were used by first Cappadocia inhabitants for shelter and hiding from animal predators. Later Christians were using it for hiding from Roman soldiers. All cities were placed near village. In times where there was no danger, people were living in their houses. In case of danger, whole village was able to escape trough hidden tunnels in the underground city. Each house had own tunnel connected to the underground town. People were able to live there for long periods of time. They had even stables with animals inside. You can check more about this underground city on this links:

http://www.cappadociaturkey.net/undergroundcities.htm

http://www.cappadociaturkey.net/mazi_village_underground_city.htm

After underground city we explored also this small village. Nothing special to see here, but it is placed on great landscape. Ihsan was great host and made also dinner for all in his small office. This was not the end of his kindness and we were invited to overnight in his old house. First we wanted to camp because no any pension in this village, but sleeping on solid bed was more than welcome.

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Posted by Mitja 08:48

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