Bizarre and unusual destinations around the world
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Cappadocia, Turkey( Frank Kovalchek )
A popular attraction in central Turkey, Cappadocia is known for the fairy-tale-like rock formations that bespeckle the region. Called fairy chimneys, or hoodoos, these formations have been carved by erosion over the millennia. Fairy chimneys can be found in other parts of the world such as Bryce Canyon in Utah or Badlands National Monument in South Dakota, but Cappadocia's early inhabitants turned them into an extensive network of homes and churches.
Christians fleeing Roman persecution took refuge in Cappadocia's rocky terrain early in the first millennium. By the 4th century, a monastic community formed in central Cappadocia. More photos...
-- Jason La