The number of tourists visiting Turkey's Cappadocia --a region famous with its fairy chimneys-- increased to 1.1 million between January and July 2010.
According to the data from Nevsehir governor's office culture and tourism directorate, the figure was 874,911 in the same period of 2009.
776,531 foreign and 376,991 Turkish tourists visited historical attractions in the region in the first seven months of 2010. Most of foreign tourists came from Japan and Far Eastern countries.
Cappadocia which is unique in the world and is a miraculous nature wonder with its famous "fairy chimneys," is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region.
The region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes millions of years ago.
Cappadocia contains several underground cities, largely used by early Christians as hiding places before Christianity became an accepted religion.
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