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Wherever you see tour buses or souvenir stands, there's bound to be something interesting. Pasabag, also known as Valley of the Monks, is a forest of cone-shaped fairy chimneys more shocking and lifelike (not life-size) than most. Not surprisingly, it's a popular stop for photo ops.

The chimneys of Pasabag harbor a number of chapels and dwellings used by Christian hermits, the most prominent of which is a tri-level chapel with depictions of the life of St. Simeon. St. Simeon the Stylite lived a life of hardship and denial in Antioch around the 4th century, high atop a 15m (49-ft.) pillar. Later hermits were inspired to do the same, initiating a "stylite" movement of isolated living.