Turkey's Cappadocia region
is famous for its spectacular
painted churches cut
into the rock.
The richest concentration of beautifully-decorated
cave churches is in the Göreme
Open Air Museum, an entire volcanic
valley full of them, well-preserved
and open to the public.
But what about cave homes? In
the past, it was only possible to visit
a real troglodyte residence if you
were acquainted with the homeowner.
In recent years, my colleague Pat
Yale and longtime Göreme resident Ruth
Lockwood of Tribal
Collections Nomadic Rugs & Textiles have
teamed to open doors to some of their
town's most interesting cave homes,
and to preserve the unique troglodyte
lifestyle of the town of Göreme at
the same time.
Pat and Ruth usually organize cave
house tours each spring and fall. The
tour lasts about two to three hours,
for a small donation.
If you have the opportunity to participate
in a tour, t’s
see not just what traditional cave
houses looked like but also what
can be done to turn them into comfortable
modern homes. There is a fee for the
tours, and all of the money goes
to the Old
Fund in support of historic
Cave house tours are offered only
a few days each year, and the number
of places is quite limited. If you
are in Capppadocia on one of
I urge you to grab this rare
a peek into a thousand-year-old lifestyle...with
all the modern conveniences.
note that most houses have
a lot of stairs and
some may be
for anyone with cat allergies.
The tours are not suitable for children
To reserve your place, contact Ruth
Tel +90 (384) 271 2400
+90 (384) 271 2916
—by Tom Brosnahan