Located in Anatolia, central Turkey, the unique neighbourhood attracts scores of visitors every year.

“These conical formations of volcanic rock – they call them fairy chimneys,” BBC host Simon Reeve explains in the video.

“It’s a magical pre-historic place, where early settlers made their fairytale homes.

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EPIC: The so-called Fairy Chimneys have played host to communities for thousands of years

“Humans first started carving out these homes thousands of years ago – and there are still communities of cave-dwellers living in the area.”

Later, he is granted permission to visit one of the incredible structures, taking a peek inside.

Local restauranteur Rafik, who grew up inside the caves as a boy, takes him around the labyrinth of tunnels and hidden passages inside the ancient rock.

Although he moved out to a home some years ago, he darts across the uneven terrain like a child again, climbing up ancient ladders carved into the rock and crawling through narrow spaces.

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ADVENTURE: Local host Rafik takes Simon on a journey through the network

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STUNNING: The conical volcanic rocks were formed hundreds of thousands of years ago

“I miss living in the caves because I grew up here,” Rafik said.

“I used to climb around these rocks like a fox when I was a kid.”

The footage, which was originally broadcast on BBC Two’s Turkey with Simon Reeve, has been seen by thousands since it was uploaded to YouTube.

“Awesome, I hope I will be able to live in the same place one day,” read one comment.

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