Friday, September 28, 2012

The Village of Manazan

During the Byzantine Empire, the Village of Manazan in Turkey was built out of an entire rock faced mountain. More than 5 stories high and almost 2 miles across, this fully functioning city centuries ago had an intricate series of caves and tunnels that housed family homes, churches, storage facilities, and even cemeteries all high above the ground. Naturally protected from enemies and invaders, the rock village survived through centuries of war and regime changes. Now no longer inhabited, it is used as a grain storage facility, and is a highly visited tourist attraction.

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