Carving out a place: Flickr photo of the day

Michael Clemmer

There are churches: Notre Dame in Paris; St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the Blue Mosque in Istanbul; and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, to name a few. And then, there are the churches of Cappadocia.

Located near the town of Göreme, in east-central Turkey, midway between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the Göreme Open Air Museum is the home of some of the most unusual churches in the world. In ancient times the region was occupied by the Cappadocians, a tribe referred to in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible as the Hittites. Christians from the 10th century carved rooms (monasteries, convents and churches) out of the oddly shaped rock formations and painted them with frescoes that remain today.

World-traveling Filipino photographer Marshall Valencia shared this image.

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