Hot-Air Ballooning High Above Cappadocia, Turkey

hot-air-balloon-cappadocia (Image: Brocken Inaglory, cc-sa-3.0)

In the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia, Turkey, man and nature have conspired over the millennia to create one of the world’s true wonders. It all began millions of years ago when the deposits from ancient volcanoes eroded into hundreds of spectacular minaret-like pillars, inspiring settlers to carve houses, churches and monasteries out of the rock. From the Bronze Age Hittite empire and early Christians fleeing their Roman persecutors in vast underground cities to modern structures built atop ancient dwellings, Cappadocia has been constantly inhabited for thousands of years.

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cappadocia-turkey (Images: Dennis Jarvis; Beetjedwars; cc-sa-3.0)

In modern times, tourism has flourished in the region, as visitors seek out the spectacular geological and cultural features of Cappadocia’s ancient cave dwellings, underground cities and other rock-cut architecture. But perhaps the best way to experience this unique landscape is from the air, and – as this article shows – the colourful forms of hot-air balloons are a common sight in the Cappadocian sky.

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