Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 10, 1973 bandoiied complex Into many of the weird rock formations in Turkey's Valley of Goreme early Christians cut homes and houses of worship and study. Narrow passageways and stairs link the far corners of these abandoned complexes. I'ain I ings defaced Dozens of churches, monasteries and hermits' retreats, adorned with frescoes and carvings, have survived the centuries of erosion, but and victims of destructive tourists who deface the paintings in unguarded caves. Turkish valley houses ancient art, holy sites By JULES B. FARBER Christian Science Monitor GORKMK VALLKY. Turkey I was unprepared for the primitive harshness of this valley's landscape. Or the hostility of native farmers to intruders in their peculiar pocket of Anatolia which was shaped and whittled by the winds and the rains, the melting snows, and the volcanic ash and lava that poured over this ground in millennia past. I came, like a few others, to see the cave dwellings of the region, but no one had told us of this spectacular setting which nature's forces had provided for those who first made homes and churches in these sculptured rock formations at least 16 centuries ago. This region Cappadocia. to whose people St. Peter addressed his first epistle sprawls over a 500-square- mile area. Here are a mass of "magical rock chimneys: Daliesque volcanic pinnacles topped with small hats: monasteries, hermits' caves, and churches whose walls are adorned with colorful frescoes and sim- ple crosses scratched into the soft stone: elaborate household complexes: and latter-day pigeon coops cut into former holy sites. Today's Anatolian farmers still live in a number of centuries-old rock houses. Newlyweds are often gifted with dwellings hacked out of the surrealistically shaped formations. The Goreme Valley's centre is near the village of Uchisar. which means "Three and is about nine miles from Neveshir on the Ugrup-Neveshir route. In earliest limes, the valley was known as Chroma and ranked as one of the wonders of the world. In the distance, beyond the weird conical shapes that dot the landscape like lunar objects, one sees the cause of this great nearly 13.000-year-old volcano of Erciyes Dagi. decortitntn Part of this old church's walls and ceilings have fallen away to reveal some of the intricate stone carving that early artists used in decorating the interior. -_' SI range creatures Original architects of these now abandoned homes were rain and wind, which shaped this forma- tion that looks like a strange creature wearing a hat on top. FRAME STYLES From AROUND-THE- WORLD OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. Sears Multi-season anti-freeze a-Look at this for value! Genuine ethylene gylcol base permanent anti-freeze that eliminates the annual fuss and bother of draining and refilling. Also prevents rust and corrosion. Has a higher boiling point than water. Can protect to A snap at this price! gallon 09 ILm s 1 GAL NET UTflES _ Preslone n AMD-BOIL WARNING POISON c-Rear window defogger. Keeps window clear for driving safety. Installs easily. A peg. ?y n-Engine heaters. Universal lower radiator hose type. Fits all except American motors. 8.98 g-Radiator sealer and conditioner. Stops radiator and gasket leaks. 8 fl. ozs. d-Radiator fast flush. Removes rust, scale from cooling system 12 fl. oz. size. f-Water pump lubricant. Also prevents rust and corrosion in cooling system. 12 fl. ozs. -7 h-Booster cables. Save costly tows and service charges. 8' long. 75 amp H clips. Reg. I k-Compact car warmer. 850 watt volt- 60 cycle unit. Safety thermostat. Q Q Q Reg. S10.98 V? S? m-4-amp battery charger. Has polarity light and thermal breaker Reg. S14.98 Simpsons-Sears Ltd. at Simpsons-Sears you get furniture's finest guarantee or money refunded and free delivery our siorc-io-door service i of the way Service Station Hours: Open Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday til 9 p.m. Centre Village Mall. 2nd Avenue and 13th Street N.