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The fairy land of Central Turkey

Not an easy task to describe such an irresistible and magic landscape in the middle of Turkey.. to some it might sound familiar to imagine what is meant when we mention Cappadocia( Katpatuka, the land of the beautiful horses)it is a wide rocky plateau where people used to live there since ancient times. Mostly in caves that where built in the mountains or even in caves underground like in Derinkuyu or Kaymakli.

Not an easy task to describe such an irresistible and magic landscape in the middle of Turkey.. to some it might sound familiar to imagine what is meant when we mention Cappadocia( Katpatuka, the land of the beautiful horses)it is a wide rocky plateau where people used to live there since ancient times. Mostly in caves that where built in the mountains or even in caves underground like in Derinkuyu or Kaymakli.

Ok let’s try to go from one place to the next; let’s start in Uçhisar, which is a troglodyte town situated in the middle of Cappadocia. it is named after an enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak in the area the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.

The landscape between Uçhisar over Göreme till Ürgüp is vast, quite dry, but be sure in winter it’s snowing a lot in those Mountains.

The Rock formations in Monks Valley which they call the fairy chimneys is suggesting extraterrestrial landings on earth,however makes you wonder how playful nature can be not only people lived inside caves but also pigeons had their own rock formations where they lived in, the landscape around is quite fertile (Guano).

Further you can visit different sacred places or places where people gathered to pray as hidden churches (carved in the rocks).like for example in Kizilcukur. In Cavusin, one of the oldest settlements in the area situates 2km north from Göreme, the church of St. John the Baptist offers you the opportunity to stand surrounded by paintings of the 5th century also dating of the church itself, the oldest in the region.

And then of course the underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu. Kaymakli was carved out first by the Hittites 2000B.C. Imagine that from 5000 to 10000 people gathered and lived underground in war times. The 120m deep high definition ventilation system keeps the tiny tunnel system of eight floors(!) fresh. There are 40 other underground cities in the region. These mentioned two have also an underground connection to one another.

So now you might want to know how to get there? from Istanbul there are daily busses/cars leaving from different spots(best you go to the bus main station) a 12hour drive to Nevsehir, from there either you hitchhiker or you booked a tour in Istanbul before you will reach most likely Ürgüp or Göreme. I would advice you something if you like to have your own time lapse and discovery adventures- a tent, food ,water, a good map! Actually if you have time you just walk thru the passage a couple of days even weeks if you please.

Hope you find it and you enjoy your dreams there!!
inshallah!!

written by eagleye_slives

2 comments

  1. marshrutniy

    marshrutniy

    nice place, nice shots!

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  2. smbilgin

    smbilgin

    Cappadocia is my grandfather's hometown. So, thanks a lot for sharing this. I loved the photos :)

    I little info for the people who don't want to take a bus or rent a car from Istanbul to Nevsehir. There are some direct flights from Istanbul to Nevsehir or Kayseri as well. So you can rent a car or take mini bus from there to Cappadocia (Göreme or Ürgüp) and the total time would be 3 hours from Istanbul. I think this is the easiest way. But if you have enough time, I also suggest you to rent a car from Istanbul and stop by every village and town on the road and meet some nice Anatolian people and take wonderful photos. It's all up to you..

    Thanks again.. :)

    about 4 years ago · report as spam

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