known as the "Monks' Valley" (Rahipler Vadisi), Pasabagi is situated
about 1km from the Goreme - Avanos road. Many fairy chimneys with
multiple stems and caps some housing chapels and living areas can be found
here, this style being unique to this area.
A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon, and a hermit's shelter is built into
one such fairy chimney with three heads. The entrance of the cell, which
can be reached with a chimney like narrow tunnel, is decorated with
crosses. Inside the shelter are an oven, living and sleeping areas and
small windows to let the sunlight in.
St. Simeon was living in seclusion near Aleppo in the 5th century, when
rumours that he worked miracles started to spread. Disturbed by all
the attention, he began to live at the top of a 2m high column, and later
moved to one 15m in height. From there he only descended occasionally
to get the food and drink brought by his disciples.
The hermits of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting
into fairy chimneys rather than living on top of columns. They hollowed
out the chimneys from bottom to top creating rooms 10 - 15m high. They
lay on beds made from rock.