Authorities on Feb. 16 began demolishing illegal structures in the famous Cappadocia region in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir.
The move came after Nevşehir Governor İlhami Aktaş said the demolition of 15 structures that "were already built or were being built" adjacent to the world-famous "fair chimneys" would start on Feb. 16.
The Cappadocia region has recently been drawing more interest from foreign tourists thanks to its fairy chimneys, valleys covered with natural rock formations, historical rock-carved monasteries, underground cities and hot-air balloon tours, and it is set to revive Turkey's tourism sector.
The number of tourists that have visited Cappadocia, a central Anatolian destination famous for its underground cities, houses carved into rock and volcanic cones called “fairy chimneys,” increased around 48 percent in 2017, due to a boost from Russia.
Nevşehir in Central Anatolia, which is home to the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, continues to attract tourists from around the globe with a new addition to its list of must-see sights: a massive underground city thought to date back 5,000 years