Ortahisar means “middle castle,” and as its name implies, it is central among the Cappadocian towns of Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar and Nevsehir. Ortahisar Castle offers a magnificent panorama over the fairy chimneys of Hallacdere and the snowy peak of Mount Erciyes.
Mustafapasha Old Greek Village
In Mustafapaşa you can discover the beautifully carved facades and old doors as well as the typical central Anatolian village life which carries on unchanged as it has done for centuries. Mustafapaşa had a largely Greek population in Ottoman times. Turks and Greeks lived side by side, and the sound of church bells mingled with the call to prayer from the mosque.
About 200 monks once lived at this rock-cut Byzantine monastery complex amid its labyrinth caverns, which include living quarters, refectory and kitchen. Above is the main 13th-century chapel with an interior covered in blackened frescoes.
Taskinpasa Madrasah is located only 20 km from Urgüp on the way to Soganli Valley. It was an Islamic School which was built by Karamanoglu Dynasty in the middle of 14’th century. This building which one distinguished samples of Karaman art havent destructed and maintained their existance. After the restoration which has held recently, the medresseh is still being used as a library.
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 of researches and excavations. Sobesos despite its small size is one part of this large collection and since the city walls have not yet been discovered.
Soganli Valley and Cave Churches
Soganli is the one of the more interesting valleys of Cappadocia. Not only does it have historical value,gorgeous landscapes and cave churches. Most of cave churches date from the 9th to 13th centuries, although settlement by mankind actually first took place during the Roman era. Turkey’s most famous abandoned village is perhaps Kayakoy on the Mediterranean coast but Soganli also has that eerie vibe, that makes you wonder if the ghosts of earlier residents still lives on.
Derinkuyu Underground City
Derinkuyu is one of the largest underground cities in the world. Located in Turkey’s Cappadocia region, it’s one of over 200 subterranean cities that were carved into the volcanic rock. In fact, Derinkuyu is connected to some of these subterranean settlements by tunnels that run for miles.
This stunning valley has unique rock formations known as Fairy Chimneys, which rise high from the valley floor like chimneys & are dotted in their tops with birdhouses.
Onyx is a natural volcanic stone of the agate family; much of it is mined in Cappadocia. It has a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewellery. Onyx comes in varying colours and quality (green is the best quality, followed by beige). A translucent stone marbled with concentric veins, it is crafted by local artisans into all sorts of decorative objects and jewellery. You can find turtles and dolphins,vases and bowls, chess sets, earrings, many different ideas for a present to bring back from Cappadocia, and at very reasonable prices.
Close to Goreme in Cappadocia, there is a zone called Panoramic View. In the event that you are around there, then certainly try to go. It gives you sees over the entire of Goreme and if travel photography is your thing, you can ensure that you will wind up with some honor winning pictures.
– All entrance fees per itinerary
– Professional English-speaking tour guide
– Transfers from / to any cave accommodation