Hello everyone! I am so happy that I could go to Turkey, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There are lots of naturally beautiful places for doing my hobby : PHOTOGRAPHY! in this journal, I share you my trip to Three Beauties or Three Graces in Urgüp; a village in Cappadocia
Three Graces are the brilliant three fairy chimneys located on Urgüp, district of Nevsehir. It is the most famous natural beauty and symbol of Urgüp. This amazing natural formation is well known not only its enchanting landscape, but also its incredible story. Thus, today many tourist coming from different countries visit here.
LEGEND OF THREE GRACES
There are two legends about the three graces :
When the tourists visit Urgüp, those unique fairy chimneys named Three Beauties grabs and fascinates them. Thus, they wander its mystic history.
Legend 1 : A family who turned into rocks
According to the legend, there was a king and his only daughter living peacefully together. After he lost his wife, the king began to be addicted his only daughter; the princess. He worried about her due to the fact that she was very beautiful and charming.
Hence, all men in the country wanted to be married her. However, the princess fell in love with a shepherd. The king disapproved that marriage and he decided his beloved princess to be married with a chosen man. However, she escaped from the palace and got secretly married with this shepherd.
After years, she give birth a baby. She thought that maybe his father forgive them thanks to their child and set off to the palace. However, the king did not mercy although they had a child. He ordered these soldiers to kill this family. When the princess run away those soldiers of the king, she prayed to the God: “Please, my God, make us either a stone or a bird.” The God accepted their prayer and they immediately convert into a stone (today’s fairy chimney called Three Graces). So, these three fairy chimneys (Üç Güzeller) symbolizes as the princess, her husband and her child.
Legend 2 : Three most beauty Goddesses
According to the Greek mythology, there were 3 beautiful goddesses in this world : Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. The goddess of Revenge, Nemesis, once turned into an old woman and gave a golden apple to these three goddesses. “Whoever eat this golden apple, she is the most beautiful goddess!” said Nemesis. These 3 goddesses felt that each goddess is the most beautiful one and thus, they asked Zeus to decided. Zeus did not want to claim it, later he told the goddesses to ask the most beautiful man in the world : Paris of Troy.
Hera promises to make Paris as the most powerful and the richest man in the world. Athena promises to give Paris all the wisdom in the world. Aphrodite promises to give the most beautiful woman in the world to be fallen in love with him : Helen of Sparta (later become Helen of Troy). Paris later gives the golden apple to Aphrodite and she asks the Cupid to shoot the love arrow into Helen. And thus, the Trojan war did happen. These rocks represent this 3 beautiful goddesses as they are so beautifully made by God. There is no other rocks that could carved like that naturally.
The people in Urgüp believe that those two legends are true. For me, the three rocks look like chimneys. Thanks God, I could see one of the most beautiful places in the world with amazing landscape. The sky is so blue and the view is so gorgeous.
There is a small bazaar (market) near the entrance. You must do shopping there because the gift shops only sell unique items. You will hardly find the similar items in another place. Trust me!
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