SOGANLI VALLEY AND ITS CHURCHES
Soganli valley, which was
continuously inhabited since the earliest days of the Christian era, has
churches that date from the 9th to 13th centuries. Some of the churches
contain inscriptions giving the exact dates of construction and thus have
provided scholars with valuable clues to help date other churches in
Cappadocia. Soganli, like other valleys in Cappadocia, exemplifies the harmony
between man and nature. Over the centuries men carved shelters for themselves
in the cliffs and rock cones of the valley. They also used the rocks provided
by nature to create expressions of their religious faith and devotion to God.
In Soganli, for the first time the exterior surfaces of some cones were carved
to form unique churches with high drums and domes.