Look closely at the photo above, and you’ll notice dark squares in these buff-colored rocks. They’re windows into an underground world that’s been celebrated through the centuries.
At the Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey, you’ll find many of these rock-cut churches. The churches — along with kitchens, dining halls and other rooms — are part of a sprawling settlement where early Christian communities used the region’s undulating rock formations as buildings.
Now, many of these rooms are open to tourists, who pop in to see frescoes on vaulted church ceilings, climb the carved stairways and imagine the unique way of life that once flourished here.