Cappadocia, Turkey, receives more than 854,000 visitors

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Museums and archaeological sites in the Cappadocia region in the Turkish state of Nosehir received 854,449 visitors during the first 7 months of this year.

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Zulfa Oran Yery topped the list of the most visited destinations in Cappadocia, receiving 243,308 visitors, followed by the Gourama Open Museum with 215,483 visitors.

Museums and archaeological sites received 419,905 visitors during the first seven months.

In his speech, Mustafa Durmaz, head of the Gorama cooperative for the development of tourism, said that museums and archaeological sites in Cappadocia witnessed an increase in tourism during the current year compared to the previous year, following the emergence of the Corona epidemic.

Durmaz expected a large tourist activity during the next year in the event that there is no negative development affecting the tourism sector.

He explained that the turnout of tourists to Cappadocia and its museums and archaeological sites has rebounded after lifting the restrictions to combat Corona.

He expressed his hope to receive more tourists by the end of this year

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Cappadocia is famous for its so-called “fairy chimneys”, which were formed by natural factors, in addition to other tourist attractions.

Such as churches carved in the rock, ancient underground cities, as well as recreational activities, especially balloon flights.

It is believed that the name “chimneys of fairies” is due to ancient folk beliefs that the jinn live in the caves and rocks of the area known as “chimneys”.

They are caused by the interaction of natural factors millions of years ago, and volcanic rocks, in general, were eroded by floodwaters and strong winds, and they took conical shapes on top of a rocky mass with the passage of time.