Cappadocia

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Cross Golf

Cappadocia is a national park and its natural environment must be protected for everyone to enjoy today and in the future. Cross Golf uses the natural features of the landscape to challenge even the most experienced golfer. The fairy chimneys, fascinating rock formations and flora and fauna in the unique environment of Cappadocia remain unaffected by Cross Golf.

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Gümüşler Monastery

Spectacular monastery carved in rock, hidden from the outside world. Dated at 10-11th century and only recovered in the 1960s. The ticket seller speaks some English and can give you a tour. The monastery has some well preserved frescoes, including the only smiling (Mona Lisa style) Madonna in the world.

SEE   —  Map


Cappadox2016

Cappadox 2016 sets out with the theme “Let us cultivate our garden” and considers Cappadocia as a collective heritage in which new “seeds” have been planted through art, culture, and experience based activities.

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Kaymaklı

Kaymaklı's structure and layout is different from Derinkuyu: the tunnels are lower, narrower, and more steeply inclined. It has 4 floors opened for visitors.

SEE   —  Kaymaklı village


Gaziemir

It has two underground churches, camel staying place (which is the only one underground caravansary in the Cappadocia) and a large agora.

SEE   —  +90 554 5411401 —  Map

Derinkuyu

Largest excavated underground city in Turkey built in the 8th–7th centuries B.C. About half of it is accessible to visitors now.



Grape Church

Excellent local cuisine and inspiring amosphere. Run by Ibrahim Sakinan. Has a few rooms to sleep.

EAT   —  Map

Özkonak

Features only one underground floor, although it covers a large area.

SEE   —  Map


Rose Valley

Beautiful green valley.

DO   —  Map

About Cappadocia

The ancient region of Cappadocia is located in central Anatolia between the cities of Nevsehir, Nigde and Kayseri. Millions of years ago violent eruptions of the volcanoes Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan covered the surrounding plateau with tuff. Wind and weather have eroded the soft volcanic rock into hundreds of strangely shaped pillars, cones and "fairy chimneys", in colors ranging from pink to green and yellow. From the ancient times, men have hallowed out these soft rocks, and they have made countless cave churches, chapels and monasteries.

The churches are from the early Christianity. The art style of the churches can be classified into two categories: the 8th and 9th century are the iconoclastic years - the 10th to the 13th centuries whose decorations represent the lives of Christ and various Saints. The architectural plans of the churches are uncomplicated.


Source: wikivoyage