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Pasabaglari:

On right of the Goreme-Avanos road, about one kilometre from the road itself, is the area called ” Pasabagi” Formerly known as the “Priests Valley” , it contains many fairy chimney of a type peculiar to itself, with multiple trunks and caps.In one three headed fairy chimneythere is a chapel dedicated to St. Simeın and a hermits’ shelter.

St. Simeon was living a seclueded life near Aleppo in the fifth century, when rumourys began to spread that he had worked miracles.Disturbed by the great attention paid to him by the people, Simeon began tol ive at the top of a two-metre column.He later moved onto a fifteen-metre column, from which he only descended in order to take the small amount of food and drink brought to him by his disciples.

The hermits of Cappadocia would distance themselves from the material world by carving out existing fairy chimneys rather than climbing columns.By carving out the chimney from bottom to top, they made rock rooms 10-15 m. High, where they would lie on beds of rock.

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