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Entering the enchanting destination of Cappadocia, you'll discover the mesmerising trio of fairy chimneys known as the Three Beauties. Situated amidst the breathtaking landscape of fairy chimneys and unique rock formations, the Three Beauties stand as iconic symbols of the region's natural wonders. As you approach the Three Beauties, you'll be captivated by their distinctive silhouettes and the fascinating interplay of light and shadow that dances upon their ancient surfaces. These majestic rock formations, shaped by centuries of wind and erosion, create an otherworldly landscape that is truly awe-inspiring. Each of the Three Beauties possesses its charm and allure. Admire their whimsical shapes and intricate details, imagining the stories they hold within their ancient layers. The contrasting colors and textures of the rocks add depth and character, inviting exploration and igniting the imagination.
These formations are not only a visual feast but also a testament to the region's rich history and cultural heritage. Explore the area surrounding the Three Beauties to discover hidden cave dwellings, underground cities, and ancient rock-cut churches. Let your curiosity guide you as you uncover the secrets of the past and marvel at the ingenuity of the people who once called this place home.
Interesting Facts about the Three Beauties
1. The Three Beauties were formed 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions from Mount Erciyes, Güllüda, and Hasan.
2. The fairy chimney representing the two adults and a child inspired the name of the Three Beauties.
3. The area surrounding the Three Beauties offers many hidden cave dwellings, underground cities, and ancient rock-cut churches.
The Legend Behind the Three Beauties
With a place that looks so magical and enchanted, it's only natural that it has a couple of legends and stories attached to it. The most famous ones follow the story of a king and princess who once lived in this region of Cappadocia. The lovely princess falls in love with a shepherd, however, the king doesn't accept their love since the man she fell in love with is a lowly shepherd. The haughty king continues to oppose his daughter's marriage despite her constant requests and beseeching. Realising she cannot persuade her father, the princess flees with her lover one night. Following their escape, the shepherd and the young princess soon bear a child. After some time passes, the princess considers paying a visit to her father, believing that the king's coldheartedness will have been thawed after seeing his grandchild.
However, when the cruel king hears about the existence of his grandchild, he becomes even more enraged. He orders his soldiers to find his daughter and the shepherd. The destitute princess and her family, who are being pursued by soldiers, know they can no longer flee. At that point, she prays to God to grant her family peace away from the king’s anger. The princess's desire is granted, and the entire family is transformed into eternal fairy chimneys. The shepherd is thought to be at the front, the child in the middle, and the princess in the back. Many still deeply believe in this legend, and many childless couples come to the fairy chimneys and trek up and down the slope close to these fairy chimneys seven times to experience a miracle of their own.
How Were Fairy Chimneys Formed?
The Fairy Chimneys emerged because of active volcanoes during geological periods. With the emergence of the Taurus Mountains sixty million years ago, the Anatolian fault line began to shift and squeeze. As a result, the volcanoes began to projectile lava and volcanic matter. According to geographical discoveries and research, the Cappadocia region was once an inland sea millions of years ago. As a result, the lava spewing from the volcanoes drained this inland sea and tough layers began forming. Because these strata contained basalt, clay, sandstone, and volcanic ash, these hard lava deposits have developed in some regions. Over time, because of floods, rains, and winds, these parts began to sculpt and become the defined structures that stand today in the valley. These Fairy Chimneys have seen Hittites, Byzantines, Persians, Seljuks, Ottomans, and many more civilizations. They have been used for living spaces, shelter, military purposes, etc., but now stand to welcome countless tourists and locals visiting them all year round.
A Unique Tourist Experience
The Three Beauties offer a serene and peaceful ambiance that invites tourists to stop and embrace the natural wonders of Cappadocia. Take a moment to soak in the tranquillity, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and appreciate the raw beauty that surrounds you. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely stroll, capturing photographs, or simply meditating in the presence of these geological wonders, the Three Beauties will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul. Visiting the Three Beauties in Cappadocia is an experience that connects you to the ancient forces of nature, ignites your sense of wonder, and reminds you of the extraordinary beauty that exists in the world. Let yourself be enchanted by these geological marvels and allow them to transport you to a realm of imagination and awe.
Things to Know Before Visiting
- Suggested Tour Duration: 1-3 hours
- Best Time to Visit: Summer or Fall
- There is no entrance fee required to visit the Three Beauty Fairy Chimneys
Three Beauties Fairy Chimneys Guided Tours
The Three Beauties' tranquil atmosphere allows you to take a moment to appreciate Cappadocia's breathtaking natural beauty. The trip to the Three Beauties (Üç Güzeller) Fairy Chimneys from Ürgüp's town centre takes around five minutes. If you’re already staying at Ürgüp, you can easily walk there.
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