The formation of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys can best be observed in the valley of Paşabagı which is in the vicinity of Zelve.

The fairy chimneys of Paşabagı with their two or three “hats” exhibit an unsurpassed view and rise today among the vineyards and sunflower fields.

They have been the settlements of ascetic monks in the Byzantine era. In one of these fairy chimneys we come across the scenes taken from the life of St. Simeon, who is said to have lived on top of a pillar in the Byzantine period, and had a far-reaching fame.

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