These 100-foot phallic sculptures are not manmade

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You can call them whatever you want — hoodoos, fairy chimneys, earth pyramids — but good luck changing people's focus away from what the rock structures of Turkey's coyly named "Love Valley" really look like.

Your eyes do not deceive you; those are penises. Or, rather, natural geological features that look like penises. These undeniably phallic structures loom, numerous and tumescent-looking, above the valleys of Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey situated on a plateau over 1000 meters above sea-level.

The impressive spires took shape over the course of thousands upon thousands of years, as thick layers of volcanic ash known as tuff was eroded away by wind, water and snowmelt — geological processes that continue to wear away at them today.


Much like their anatomical counterparts, the resulting structures come in many shapes and sizes. Some are no taller than your average person, while others stand over 50 meters tall. Many are wide enough for inhabitants of Göreme, a nearby Cappodocian town, to make homes of them, carving out their centers through holes that later become doorways.


The Valley is something you really have to see to believe. You can find a number of pictures online, but the folks over at Kuriositas have already assembled a fantastic collection of images that really captures the scale and extent of these impressive geological oddities, as well as some great information on the nearby town of Görem. You'll definitely want to check it out.

Top image via Shutterstock; Görem hut by Rich Lem