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This father and son live in the tufa shown in the background -- one of the thousands of cave dwellings in Cappadocia. With the outer layers of rock now washed away by erosion, one can see the honeycombed structure of tunnels and rooms that likely held many families. The easily carvable rock, called tufa, was home to over 3000 cave houses, churches and monasteries.

This father and son live in the tufa shown in the background -- one of the thousands of cave dwellings in Cappadocia. With the outer layers of rock now washed away by erosion, one can see the honeycombed structure of tunnels and rooms that likely held many families. The easily carvable rock, called tufa, was home to over 3000 cave houses, churches and monasteries.

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