The reedfield Sultan Sazligi is located at the lowest part of the Develi plain which is to the south-west of Mt. Erciyes. It is in the triangle of Develi - Yesilhisar and Yahyali.
This reedfield, which 70 km from Kayseri, has been taken under protection with the International Ramsar Treaty.
The lakes Yay, Camiz, Söbe and Col exit at the lowest section of Develi plain. In the broadest sense of the word, all these lakes - or in other words, the area to the south of the road connecting Develi to the Nigde - Kayseri highway, except for the lake Yay, is called Sultan Sazligi. The marshy places and lakes making up Sultan Sazligi become smaller in the dry season and larger in the rainy season. These lakes are fed by the waters coming down Mt. Erciyes and Mid-Taurus Mountains.
Sultan Sazligi, which covers an area of 17.200 hectare, constitutes a world-famous ecosystem. There are hardly noticeable small reed islets floating towards the center of the reedfield. Both fresh and salty water ecosystems coexist in this area which was taken under protection in 1988.
Providing shelter for 301 bird species, Sultan Sazligi is the second major bird paradise in Turkey, after the lake Manyas. An observation tower and a breeding station have been set up so that the migration route of birds and their living environments can be studied.
Being on the migration route of birds because of its flora and fauna, Sultan Sazligi is beginning to contribute more and more to tourism with appropriate attempts and research.
the village of Elia Kazan
Very near to the city you can find a small village with the name of Germir.This is the birth place of the famous movie producer Elia Kazan .The most famous ottoman architect Mimar Sinan also is born very near of this small village .
The houses are very interesting .
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My friend and I did a lot of...
My friend and I did a lot of hiking around the area and also spent an afternoon horseback riding outside Urgup. During that day we had a great experience when we tied up the horses to go look inside a cave church that we found. While we were resting there, a goatherd came by and invited us (and our guide) to have tea with him and his friends in their shelter. We spent a good while in there, drinking dozens of tiny glasses of tea, using sign language to communicate, and soaking up the life of a goatherd in rural Turkey.
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