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Today’s answer is…..Cappadocia, Turkey! This city is covered in what some call a “rocky wonderland.” It contains a network of human carved caves—living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses were dug into the soft stone beginning in the fourth century A.D. Ancient, violent eruptions covered the city in ash, which turned into the soft rock called “tuff” that was later carved into by humans.
The networks of caves proved useful in the fourth century, when the site became a religious refuge. Christians fleeing Rome’s persecution had arrived in some numbers and established monastic communities in the rock face of Cappadocia. The monks excavated extensive dwellings and monasteries and created Byzantine frescoed paintings in cave chapels beginning in the seventh century, which endure in well-preserved isolation to this day.