Nevsehir Ili Things to Do

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Nevsehir Ili Things to Do

  • Uchisar

    The city of Uchisar is the place of Capadoccia where life seems more intense, in perfect harmony with the natural formations, and taking good profit of them, enhancing their preservation for tourist admiration.

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  • Goreme

    Goreme is the most attractive place in Nevsehir province. The churches and tunnels are not to be missed for any reason.Uchisar and Zelve are alse remarkable places in this area that, once seen, cannot be forgotten.

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  • Camel Rock

    No doubt, this rock is in Nevsehir Ili, but I don't remember the exact location. But if you follow the usual itineraries you will surely pass close to it. It is a curiosity impossible to be missed, considering its shape, size, and location by a main road.

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  • Zelve

    The erosion has long taken most of the soft lava, leaving behind high formations, sometimes isolated, and used by men in all its highness. It's a strange sensation, in Zelve, climbing in a carved house to visit its three and even four floors.

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  • Mustafapasa - "Sleeping Beauty of...

    The small peaceful village of Mustafapasa several miles south of Urgup has been a protected site since 1981 with approximately 100 stone houses awaiting restoration. Since the 2-3 C, rock cut houses surrounded the large yellow rock at the town center, but in the 19th C the village became a favorite for vacation residences of wealthy Greek...

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  • Rose Valley

    This two hour walk was another major highlight of the trip. The rock formations there are fantastic, and you can see the remains of major building structures carved out. There are also many "pigeon houses", square holes carved into the cliffs for pigeons to roost. The people would climb up via internal tunnels carved through the cliffs to harvest...

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  • Göreme Open Air Museum

    The Göreme Open Air Museum is a member of Unesco World Heritage List and well worth a visit. It's a cluster of Christian churces carved into the weird rock formations. I recommend hiring a guide to explain all about the history of the Christians hiding here during the 10th through 12th centuries. There are many amazing photo opportunities.

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  • Ballooning

    We went hot-air ballooning and watched the sunrise from the air. This is probably the highlight activity of any trip we have ever done. It was amazing! A van picked us up at the hotel at about 5:30 AM and took us out to the field. It was still a bit dark and it was cold. There were about 15 balloons within sight all getting inflated and ready. They...

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  • Kaymakli Underground City

    Dating back to equal periods of the other landmarks in the area, the Kaymakli Underground City is nearly 2000 years old. These labyrinths were complete functional cities, with cellars, residences, stables, graineries, queries and everything in between.As invasions of armies and enemies became more frequent, the locals sought refuge the only place...

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  • Ihlara valley

    Cappadocia area has many things to see. Walking at this valley and climbing to all churchs are also nice.

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  • Hot air ballooning, hiking among the...

    For me, every single person who visits Cappadocia should take a tour with hot air ballooning over the breathtaking valleys. I strongly advice "Sultans Balloon" for you, They're very professional and very helpful. You'll get your "flight certificate" while you're drinking your champagne after the flight;=))The other thing is, hiking among the...

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  • Goreme Open Air Museum

    Goreme Open Air Museum is located 1 km from the center of Goreme. It's easy to reach there, you can take a taxi or the best way is walking and breathing the atmosphere of Fairy Chimneys:)) It's an open air museum and there are many churces which dates back to the time at begining of Christianism. 15 TL (aprox.7 -8 Eur) for the entrance fee.(Summer...

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  • Pasabag fairy chimneys

    Oh, these mushroom shaped fairy chimneys are amazing! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them and walking upside down the small paths to see as many as I could. It was like walking among a village from wonderland! There a lot of vineyards around and the name in Turkish means the vineyards of the Pacha (some kind of a general in Ottoman empire). I...

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  • Zelve Open Air Museum

    The Zelve Museum is comprised of three adjoining valleys set in a rugged landscape with steep cliffs, large rock formations with pinnacles, and rough edges throughout. It is one of the oldest cave cities in Cappadocia and the site of the first seminaries in the region. The Direkli Church (church with columns) goes back to the earliest times of...

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  • Kaymakli Underground City

    Large underground cities were part and parcel of life in Cappadocia, used in times of peace as stables and storage facilities and in times of religious persecution or war as refuge. As early as the 2nd Millenium BC, Hittites used caves for storage and stables with the first level of the Kaymakli city clearly identified as a Hittite stable. Even...

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  • ROADSIDE WONDERS - THE SPUR TO SOGANLI

    This incredible rockface on the approach road to the Soganli Valleys called for another emergency roadside stop, no shoulder, no sign anybody had ever pulled over before. But they must have - how could they not? The entire cliff is a warren of residential caves and far more pigeon holes ( dovecotes) than anywhere else we saw. Pigeon fertilizer was...

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  • Soganli Dolls - A Turkish Classic

    Soganli is a dying village. With a population of 400, 70% over 50 years of age, it faces incredibly a decreasing number of tourist visitors over the last few years as package tours are inconvenienced by coming here. The only viable industry is the famed Soganli dolls made by local women. A mythology has sprung up concerning these dolls, of course....

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  • Mustafapasa - Greek Buildings

    Images 1 and 2 depict the Church of Constantine and Helen, a Greek Orthodox church built in the 19th C with interior frescoes dating from 1895. After the departure of the Greek population in 1924 the building has been abandoned but not forgotten - in 2004 the Greek Orthodox patriarch conducted a prayer service at this church while visiting Turkey....

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  • Soganli - Church of Dark Faces

    The easily accessed Karabas Church of Dark Faces is also unique among Cappadocian churches, obvious from the name. This church has a traditional setting with one nave, one apse, and a barrel vault ceiling all covered with frescoes depicting the Deesis, scenes from the life and crucifixion of Jesus, and a large representation of saints all with dark...

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  • Soganli - The Domed Church

    The Church with Dome is reached by crossing the stream at the Church with Snakes and walking back toward the village along the creek and then on an uphill path. It is unique among all Cappadocian rock cut churches both for its more sophisticated interior shaping over two levels and by exterior shaping of the dome. It is believed to be the only...

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  • Soganli - Chapel and Refectory, Church...

    The church receives its name from the fresco of St. George battling the dragon on the left of the entrance ( image 1 ). Graffiti defaces most of these unrestored frescoes ( image 2 ), stated naturally to be Greek in origin, with 19th C dates visible as well as names. On the barrel dome, Jesus is surrounded by the Apostles ( image 3 ). The refectory...

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  • Soganli - Church with Snakes - Exterior

    Also known as the Church of St. George, this rock cut church is at the farthest end of the north valley and at the limit of terrain flat enough for wheeled vehicles and easy walking. It is noteworthy for the community setting, housed in a large rock containing quarters for the monks and a refectory as well as the chapel. Note that pigeon holes,...

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  • Soganli - A Highlight of Our Trip

    The relatively isolated valleys and village of Soganli lie 30 miles south of Urgup just within the Kayseri province. Just as its isolation favored an active Christian community during the Roman and Byzantine eras, today the site can be seen in solitude far removed from the crowds and tour busses in Goreme, Pasabag, and Zelve. We spent several hours...

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  • Sobesos

    In the mid-20th C parts of a Roman chariot were uncovered in a field near Sahinefendi in SE Cappadocia but it was not until May 2002 that ruins believed to be the ancient city of Sosbesos were uncovered. The city may be one of the largest ever excavated in Turkey, with a local archaeologic team working each summer. The site is reached on a narrow...

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  • ROADSIDE WONDERS - GOREME - AVANOS ROAD

    This beautiful collection of rock cut houses is hidden behind the Hanodasi restaurant. After eating, we wandered between the two large cones comprising the restaurant and came upon this unanticipated panorama which, according to the manager, is rarely viewed by visitors. Even he admitted to viewing the scene in a new light on my camera screen.

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  • Devrent Valley

    Just a few short miles from Pasabag is Devrent ( Imaginary ) Valley, yet the landscape is totally different. The soil is red and has been carved by wind and rain into bizarre shapes and forms, including the famed camel (image 2). Walking is up and down relatively steep slopes, but the rewards are in the scenery and the photographs. Local children...

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  • Pasabag - St. Simeon Stylite Chapel

    Centrally within the Pasabag site is a chapel devoted to St. Simeon Stylite, reached by a perilous wooden staircase without arms, and containing frescoes detailing the life of this most ascetic saint. From the chapel, great views of the surrounding fairy chimneys lend themselves to photography. However, the staircase, as imaged, is not for the...

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  • Pasabag - The Fairy Chimneys

    The most remarkable fairy chimneys in Cappadocia can be seen at Pasabag (Pasha's Vineyard, aka Valley of the Monks). Very large and very habitable, the upper levels have split into two or three sections so there are multiple caps on each pillar. The hilly site is traversed by paved walkways making access simple and the large number of chimneys is...

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  • ROADSIDE WONDERS -Cavusin

    Centered in Cappadocia between Goreme and Avanos, this sleepy little village appears bypassed by all the touristic tumult around it, yet its "castle" is one of the most remarkable we saw. Cavusin is one of the earliest settled villages in Cappadocia and its rock cut castle features a 5th C church with mosaics, one of the oldest. But it is deserted...

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  • ROADSIDE WONDERS - Nevsehir - Urgup Road

    One of the guide books suggested pulling the car to the side of the road whenever one saw a tour bus, souvenir stand, or group of people in the middle of nowhere. Good advice. On the north side of the Nevsehir-Urgup highway just west of Urgup, we got up close and personal with a group of fairy chimneys set against a rugged valley with a striking...

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  • Rose Valley - Walking through Cappadocia

    Hiking a valley should be a rite of passage for Cappadocia visitors, with several of varying difficulty and attractions. There are several paths through the Rose Valley, one of the shortest choices, ranging from easy to strenuous. If one chooses to enter the many fairy chimneys and churches along the way, this can be a several hour trip. For those...

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  • Goreme Church - The Buckle Church

    Located just outside the Goreme Museum is the oldest, largest, and by far the most complex of the rock cut churches of Goreme. It is actually comprised of four different churches with a T shaped orientation on two levels. Each has a distinct decoration scheme. The oldest segment now serves as a narthex with New Testament scenes and saints largely...

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  • Goreme Museum - Church with Sandals

    This 11th C church is named after two ( rather non-specific ) depressions in the rock floor immediately beneath a fresco of the Ascension. Symbolic? It is relatively small, with 2 free standing columns, the shape of a Greek cross, and several apses. Numerous frescoes detail the life of Jesus from birth through maturity with the largest number at...

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  • Goreme Museum - The Dark Church

    The Dark Church is among the most famous in Cappadocia and one of the last built probably in the late 12th C. It uses free standing colums for support and the frescoes are painted onto wet plaster, a later and more advanced technique. The external rock covering and hiding the church has fallen away over the centuries so that the carved and hidden...

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  • Goreme Museum - St. Barbara Church

    The St. Barbara church is very different in decoration from the remainder. Instead of the beautifully painted figures, here red ochre stick figures of military and religious symbols predominate, painted directly on the rock surface. The form is typical of the earlier churches before columns with a cross shape with apses. Similarly, many of the...

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  • Goreme Museum - Refectory

    Each of the ten or more churches in the Goreme complex was a separate community and each had its own refectory, all very similar. The two we visited were comprised of three rooms, the first a storage room with niches (image 4 ), the second a kitchen, and the third a dining area with a depressed floor near one end for wine production (image 5). Some...

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  • Goreme Museum - Apple Church

    One of the smallest churches at Goreme is entered through a new tunnel as the original entrance was on the opposite side. Four pillars support a space in the shape of a Greek cross with a central dome. The church dates to the late 11th C with the paintings applied directly to the rock walls ( rather than to an overlying plaster coat ) as in the St....

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  • Goreme Museum - St. Basil Chapel

    The first church on the tour is comprised of a nave with a barrel vault, typical of most Goreme cave churches, with three apses along one wall. It is dated to the 11th C. Niches in the narthex ( entrance lobby ) are believed to be the tombs of the donor. On the vault, three Maltese crosses symbolize the Holy Trinity. The most famous frescoes are of...

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  • Goreme Open Air Museum Introduction

    The most famous of Cappadocia's sites has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1984. It is a complex of medieval painted cave churches created by Orthodox monks as early as the 4th C AD set in a circular rock formation near Goreme, although most of the paintings date from the 900-1200 AD period. Mixed among them are dining areas, dwellings, and...

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  • ROADSIDE WONDERS - Uchisar - Goreme Road

    While so many were climbing the 120 steps to the top of the Uchisar kale, we were discovering landscape vistas alone with our cameras. Heading toward Goreme, on the left side of the highway very near Uchisar, we pulled over the car and walked maybe 500 m to better appreciate the view we saw from the car and were not disappointed. Pictures do not do...

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  • Uchisar's Pigeon Valley

    Cultivation in the central Turkish highlands has for centuries been abetted by fertilizer, most famously pigeon droppings high in nitrogen content. Recent agricultural research has determined a special synergism between tufa and high nitrogen content fertilizers. The ancient inhabitants of this region learned through experience rather than...

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  • Uchisar Castle

    The village of Uchisar, considered perhaps the loveliest of all Cappadocian villages lies midway between Urgup and Nevsehir and is at the highest point in Cappadocia at 4000 feet. It is dominated by the great castle or "kale" (image 2). The name means "third castle" because the town was part of an intricate communication system for the Ottomans in...

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  • Pigeon Valley of Fairy Chimneys

    Pigeon Valley is the longest valley in Cappadocia. It extends in south-north direction from Uchisar to Goreme. On the eastern part of the same valley you can see the dovecotes carved in the rocks. These dovecotes have been carved by people of Uchisar to feed the pigeons in order to obtain their droppings for using as fertilizer in their field where...

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  • Uchisar’s Fairy Chimneys Castle

    Uchisar is the summit of Cappadocia and it is the most beautiful and highest fairy chimney in the region. Looking at Uсhisar from a distance it appears to be one huge rock, broken and riddled with holes. Coming closer you see more and more houses built all around and into the stone. You can see my 43 high resolution photos about Uchisar ...

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  • Devrent Valley of Fairy Chimneys

    This valley is called "Devrent" in vernacular for the most surreal-looking landscape in Cappadocia. Thousands of years of wind, rain and extreme temperature changes created the beautifully colored rocks into strange and wonderful animal and human shapes. It is very appropriate for examining rock formations and the fairy chimneys. This valley has...

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