Traveling to Cappadocia in Turkey, you’ll encounter a magical lunar-like landscape formed as wind and water eroded soft rock left behind by prehistoric volcanic eruptions. Ancient civilizations found the material–known as ‘tufa’–suitable for carving out cave homes and churches, many of which remain remarkably well preserved to this day. If a Cappadocia holiday isn’t already on your travel wish list, here are nine reasons why you should add it.

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