Places to Visit in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is the ancient and modern name of a remarkable region in Central Anatolia. It is a geological wonderland which is a smaller triangular area from Urgup to Avanos and to Uchisar. The settlements in Cappadocia had come into existence, mostly in the valleys of Goreme, Ihlara and Soganli. The most intensive settlement was in the vicinity of the township of Goreme. It is possible to see many churches together today in the locality made into an open air museum. It is estimated that there are more than 600 rock-cut churches in Cappadocia. During the early times of the spread of Christianity, the people who needed to hide themselves from the Roman soldiers and later on from Arab raids, carved out these tough rocks thus constructing churches and built underground cities to defend themselves against the raids. The tough rocks, formed by the lava spurted by 3 volcanoes during geological times, had kept on taking constantly changing shapes with kind effects during the course of time, and the wonders of the world of today were created. This juxtaposition of different materials has produced capped columns, pyramids and conical formations with dark-colored caps known as fairy-chimneys.

Below is the most famous areas in Cappadocia that is visited by most of our guests:

Goreme Open Air Museum – Unesco World Heritage Site

Goreme Open Air Museum – Unesco World Heritage Site
The people who adopted to live a lonely life of seclusion as hermits, formed an important social group despite the fact that they had nothing to do with the churches and monasteries. These people didn’t even work to meet their basic needs; they received the...
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Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City
Kaymaklı Underground City is one of the most famous of the Cappadocia underground cities out of 34 of them. Built by early Christians to protect themselves from the religious persecution of Roman Soldiers, Kaymaklı Underground City is an elaborate maze of tunnels, caves and is the second widest ofthe...
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Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City
The underground city at Derinkuyu has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes in Cappadocia, such as wineries, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and churches. There is also a unique room in Derinkuyu underground City in the second level that was used as a religious school....
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Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley
Ihlara Valley constituted an important religious center during the first years of the spread of Christianity. The natural protection provided by the Ihlara Valley made it an important base for Christianity. The valley became a center for monasteries from the 4th century on, and housed many churches...
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Pasabag Fairy Chimneys

Pasabag Fairy Chimneys
Pasabag Valley which was formerly known as “The Monks Valley” is located on the right of the Goreme-Avanos road. This area which is full of peculiar fairy chimneys looks remarkable. Some of the multi-bodied and multi-headed fairy chimneys were carved to construct chapels and...
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Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle
Uchisar Castle is the highest peak in Cappadocia region except the volcanoes and the most prominent land formation. A climb up the 120 steps to the summit of the fortress is a logical introduction to the rocky scapes of Cappadocia. Starting from the 1st century, Romans,...
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Devrent Valley

Devrent Valley
Devrent Valley is also known as Imagination Valley or Pink Valley because of its’ color. The valley does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia, but it has incredible lunar landscape with very different fairy chimneys. Devrent Valley is not a valley that people lived...
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Soganli Valley

Soganli Valley
Soganli Valley is a result of fractures and collapses during earthquakes. Soganli valley ,which is divided into two has been occupied since the Roman period. The rock cones on the sides of the valley were used a graves by the Romans, and later as churches by the Byzantines. The frescoes in...
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Gulsehir

Gulsehir
Gulsehir is situated on the southern bank of the Red River (Kizilirmak) and in ancient times it was called “Zoropassos“. Later, during the Roman Empire the town was named as Arapsun. Modern Turkey names the city as Gulsehir which means Rose City. The ottoman Grand Vezier Karavezir...
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Mustafapasa (sinasos)

Mustafapasa (sinasos)
Mustafapasa Village or Sinasos in Greek is located about 10 km from Goreme and the town is very famous with its’ huge mansions with elaborately carved door and window-frames. Most of them are dating back to early 19th century and belonged to Greek families. Back then, many local families were working in Istanbul on...
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Sobesos Ancient City

Sobesos Ancient City
Sobesos Ancient City in Sahinefendi Village is located quite remote to the main sights in Cappadocia en route to Soganli Valley. The ancient city was discovered by some treasure-hunters working in the fields in 2002. Today, you can see the only Roman Ancient City in Cappadocia with the help...
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Guzelyurt Village

Guzelyurt Village
Guzelyurt (meaning “beautiful land” in Turkish) or Gelveri in Greek is one of the most interesting towns in Cappadocia. By the beginning of 20th century, the town had a composed population with many Christian Orthodox families. The houses were actively used until 1924 when population exchange had happened between Greeks and...
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Selime Monastery

Selime Monastery
Selime Monastery is undoubtedly one of the most astonishing places to visit in Cappadocia region because of its’ size. It is the biggest monastery in Cappadocia region with a cathedral-size church. It is thought that it took over 200 years to shape this huge monastery and it is dating...
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Eski Gumusler Monastery

Eski Gumusler Monastery
Eski Gumusler Monastery is the most remote monastery to Goreme, but the best-protected one in Cappadocia. It takes about 1,5 hours to get there and then you will be amazed with this monastery. The monastery was probably carved in 10th or 11th centuries, used for a long time and then...
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Red & Rose Valleys

Red & Rose Valleys
Red & Rose Valleys are the most interesting valleys in Cappadocia and it is highly recommended to have walking through these valleys. The valleys are combined, so it is hard to know on which one you are walking. Red Valley is a huge valley starting from the Panorama...
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