You can realize how I was missing my dogs staying in Moscow! So every dog I saw in Turkey reminded me my German shepherds which were waiting for me in Moscow. This dog in Cappadocia had extremely sad eyes…
I know two Turkish breeds.
The Sivas Kangal Dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and is the national breed of Turkey. This dog, which can grow as large as 64 kg, was originally used as a Livestock guardian dog.
Have a look here Kangal Dog.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog from Anatolia and bred for guarding flocks of sheep from wolves, bears, jackals, and even cheetahs.
Have a look there Anatolian Shepherd .
There is a legend about Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia:
“Once upon a time, there was a unique fairyland on earth. This land was not only famous for its fairies but also for the tall rock ‘chimneys’ where these fairies lived. This fairyland had the fairest and most beautiful queen who lived in a palace at the top of Uchisar Castle, which was the most splendid and highest point of the fairyland. The beautiful queen used to call all her fairies to the palace after sunset, welcome them and entertain them all night long.
Eventually, after being given their daily tasks one by one, all the fairies used to leave the palace at the first light of dawn and fly out to Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Goreme, Pasabagi, Cavusin, Avanos, Red Valley, Devrent Valley and Urgup, where most of the volcanic vents were situated. From those days on, the geological formations in these places have been known as Fairy Chimneys… “
- National/State Park
You can see pigeons on many frescoes in the rock churches of Cappadocia- one of the best examples being “the Church with apple” in Goreme Valley.
According to another legend the life of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed was saved by a pigeon. Pigeons were both sacred and economically important in Cappadocia in Muslim as well as Christian period of the region. Pigeon Valley is the well-known valley in Cappadocia.
You can watch my 3 min 04 sec Video clip Turkey Cappadocia Pigeon Valley Slide-show with Turkish pop music by Mustafa Sandal – Story.