The existence of hundreds of churches nowadays is evidence of a large Christian community, in the Byzantine period. It is thought that St. Paul may have established the first Christian community in Cappadocia during his second journey. Although the name doesn't appear in the Bible he must have visited Capadoccia on his way to Galatia. His first letter to St. Peter mentions that Christians living here. Having a large spread of churches, chapels and monasteries as well as the celebrated fairy chimneys, Cappadocia with its mystical athmosphere embraced the Christians who preferred to live in seclusion in the years when Christianity was persecuted.