Bill to protect Cappadocia ratified
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Turkish parliament ratified a bill on May 23 that aims to protect Cappadocia, a touristic hub in central Turkey.
With the bill approved, Cappadocia Field Authority will be established, and it will be entitled to protect the historical, cultural and natural pattern of the region famed for its picturesque rock formations in central Nevşehir province.
The authority will also be entitled to demolish buildings that were illegally constructed in the region.
It will also be authorized in the sales, renting and restoration of the public institutions in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia is prominent for its unique "fairy chimney" volcanic cones, valleys, underground cities, boutique hotels and houses carved into rocks, churches, chapels, and shelters used during the early years of the Christian faith.
It also allows tourists to enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the historical sites with hot air balloon trips.
The region is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site.