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    The castle

    by acemj Updated May 17, 2008

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    Ortahisar's most obvious attraction is the nearly 90 meter high rock castle that dominates the village below. In Byzantine times, the rock was used as a fortress and once the whole town lived here. Now, it can be visited for great views over the surrounding valley. It costs 2 YTL to visit between 7:30am and 8:30pm.

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    pottery demonstration...

    by iaint Written Aug 1, 2007

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    Tour took us to see how local pottery is made. Interesting, but then you get the hard sell in the showroom. I wish they wouldn't do that. You just feel exploited.
    I surprised myself by buying something, even though my more knowledgable friend advised it was all overpriced...

    how its done... then you paint
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    • Family Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Arts and Culture

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    Kaymakli underground city

    by iaint Written Jul 31, 2007

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    An 8 level (5 open to public) underground city dating from 6th to 9th centuries. Tunnels, cellers, store rooms, stables etc. All exacvated from the soft volcanic rock.
    Absolutely astonishing.
    DO NOT MISS IT.
    However, if you're big its no use. You'll get stuck. Not for anyone with claustrophobia. Go early, when not busy.

    part of complex another section further on
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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    Devrent Valley

    by iaint Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    We went on a 2 hour trek down the valley. Fascinating to see the weird rock formations, churches, pigeon houses etc carved from the rock, and the local fruits grown in the valley.

    We were lucky that the weather was cooler than usual for July, with a northerly cooling breeze. Otherwise, the walk would have been taxing!

    typical scene on the move on the munch
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology

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    ballooning

    by iaint Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Several firms now do this. We went with Kapadokya Balloons, the original one, and run by an English couple.
    The start was not good. The night before we were told it would be too windy, but if they decided to go we would get a call. 4.30am is the usual pick up time. We got the call at 5.20, and by then we assumed it was off.
    The experience was just fantastic. You see everything in a way you just never would from ground level.
    Our landing was rough, after the pilot had trouble finding a sight. A bit too much wind, apparantly...
    My friend got a whiplash injury to her neck, and we only just missed being hit on the head by a large rock. Not for the elderly or infirm!

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    • Historical Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Hot Air Ballooning

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    Göreme open air museum

    by iaint Written Jul 31, 2007

    Biggest concentration of rock excavated chapels, from 9th century onwards. Over 30 cut from the soft volcanic rock.
    UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Another "must see"

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    • Archeology
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    Göreme open air museum

    by iaint Written Jul 31, 2007

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    Biggest concentration of rock excavated chapels, from 9th century onwards. Over 30 cut from the soft volcanic rock.
    UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Another "must see"

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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