Got Rocks? Use Em!

Categories: Building Methods

Traditional construction of homes today in the United States is done in a way that things break down over time, and must be replaced.  Our spend now pay later attitude of the past 40 years has lead to products that are cheap and get us by for the short term.  We have forgotten what it is to make products that last, let alone our homes.  I enjoyed reading and putting together a selection of pictures from places not forgotten, for how can you forget a place that is not the ruins of an old town.  It still exists today.  When building into stone, I imagine the people consider that it will take such a long time to do, especially with hand tools and without the use of dynamite.  But look how long such construction lasts.  It has nearly sufficient heating and cooling provided by the earth, just like a cave. 

If we would consider taking the time to plan differently, I believe we could plan a place that lasts.  Our Whitehouse is still standing.  That tells me our Forefathers in America knew what it took to make something that lasts.  Look how many old pianos are still around.  In the early 1900's pianos were built with a 50 year warranty.  We can hardly manage to make houses that last that long today.  Our plumbing and electrical fizzles and needs repair.  

Look at what Turkey has done, and think long term when you build.  Think energy efficient.  Think to build a place that your great grand kids may live in without needing more money to rebuild.  I have no problem with a person who spends a lot of time and money building something that will last the test of time.  It may seem to be consuming a lot of resources up front, but if it really does last, then it will have taken less resources than the one who builds 20 times over on the same plot of land to accomplish the same goal. 

Our earth has been created with ways to do things that are wise.  When I see this stone construction, I am amazed.  

5441-farm-solar-satellite.jpgCappadocia is a region in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. Cappadocia offers outstanding examples of Byzantine art. The historic area is bounded by the towns of Hac?bekta?, Aksaray, Ni?de and Kayseri (jf. map below). The caved town of Göreme is the center of the historic area and offers plenty of accommodation.

Ancient volcanic eruptions blanketed this region with thick ash, which solidified into a soft rock—called tuff—tens of meters thick. Erosion, forced by wind and water, has formed caves, clefts, pinnacles, “fairy chimneys” (over 40 meters tall) and unusual folds in the soft volcanic rock. Cappadocia is a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.

The earliest record of the name of Cappadocia dates long before the time of Jesus. The uncomfortably location on the boundary between rival empires; first the Greeks and Persians and later the Byzantine Greeks and a host of rivals meant that residents needed hiding places. The way to do this was to tunneling into the rock itself.The Bible’s New Testament tells of Cappadocia and the site became a religious refuge during the early days of Christianity. Kaymakli is an example of an underground city where the Christians took refuge in troubled times. There are 100 km of tunnels in eight floors.

Due to its geological, historic, and cultural interest, the area is a very popular tourist destination. Cappadocia is well-known for hot-air ballooning and trekking.  Source: 





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