Perched on a steep rock formation, this town provides some of the most dramatic panoramas of the astonishing Cappadocia.
Wandering in town, watching the harmony between nature and human construction, even recent one, it is a pleasure, even at night, or, maybe, specially at night.
After visiting Uchisar Castle & surrounds, walk to where the Stalls and Camels are located on the main road. Follow the main road all the way to Goreme. If you wish, you can take the Love Valley trail which runs off to the left of the road. By walking, you get to see and take in some most beautiful panoramas. There are some souvenir shops as well.
The walk was 5kms and easy going as it was downhill all the way. I caught the Dolmus up, and walked back down.
Near the Uchisar Castle is a Private Cave Home that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE.
I met the owners and had a look in some of the rooms. On their balcony, they had some Female Belly Dancer's Hats and Fez hats for you to try on and have your photo taken.
The Uchisar Castle is a rocky outcrop which is located in the village of Uchisar.
It is a natural fortress and was made by the Byzantine army in the 15th and 16th centuries. A part of the castle is in ruins as the rocks have been eroded over a period of time. Uchisar Castle has 120 steps to climb so make sure you are fit!
There is also a secret tunnel which leads to the river bed. The riverbed used to provide essential water supply during wars or emergencies.
From the top of Uchisar Castle, there are stunning views of the surrounding landscape of Cappadocia and Goreme. The beautiful Mount Erciyes can also be seen from the castle on a clear day.
The climb to the top is quite easy, except for the last little bit to the Flag.
OPEN FROM 8am
ADMISSION IN 2009 3T/L
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 they grow different kind of fruits or vegetables.
We have been told that local authorities of Cappadocia make efforts to restore these dovecotes by bringing thousands of pigeons and by recreating the ideal habitat for their living.
You can watch my 2 min 34 sec Video clip Turkey Cappadocia Pigeon Valley Slide-show with Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker music.
You can also see my 31 high resolution photos about Pigeon Valley Turkey Cappadocia Pigeon Valley out of my Webshot page.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Uchisar on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 37' 28.14" N 34° 48' 17.73" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Pigeon Valley .
On your way to the top of the Uchisar Mountain which has also the name of Uchisar Castle you can admire the views of old and new Uchisar houses and panorama of Cevizli area with its fairy chimneys. The top of the Uchisar Castle provides great views of the surrounding areas.
From Pigeon Valley to Avanos all valleys, Ortahisar Castle, Goreme Town, Goreme Open Air Museum, Kylyclar Valley, Kyzylcukur, Gulludere and Cavuchin will lie in front of you with all their beauty.
As you look down to west and southwest from the top of the castle you will see Nevsehir, Mount Gemil, Mount Hasan which is another high volcano of Cappadocia. The Castle is the only place in Cappadocia where both the Hasan and the Erciyes Mountains can be seen.
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From the top of the Uchisar Mountain you can see the Erciyes Mountain with its height of 3917 m. It is an old volcano. It started to erupt 10 million years ago together with a number of other lower and therefore less famous volcanoes such as Hasan Das, Gollu Das, Karacadas and poured lava, volcanic ash, volcanic stones like basalt. So fabulous Cappadokian landscapes were born!
The eruptions which lasted until about 500.000 years ago created a thick layer of volcanic soil of 350 meters. Then sudden climatic changes caused some thin deep holes in this soft volcanic soil.
You can watch my 3 min 14 sec Video clip Turkey Cappadocia Uchisar with Turkish pop music by Akin – Kiz Millet.
The rock with a number of rooms carved into it is well worth the price of admission. The museum is open from 8am till sunset. The path to the top is strenuous but short, mostly stairs and relatively safe.
You can take your ticket for 3 YTL at the entrance of the castle and walking through the old barn and cuisine you start to climb to it.
You can watch my 3 min 57 sec Video clip Turkey Cappadocia Uchisar Slide-show with Turkish pop music by Mustafa Sandal – Moonlight.
In 1960th since Uchisar Castle has been declared as a disaster zone, the new village has been founded at the southern and southeastern plain behind the castle.
The families were forced out of the homes they had occupied for centuries, not by the laws of men or vicissitudes of war, but rather by the acts of nature. The study process of erosion throughout the centuries had left the fortress weakened and dangerous.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Uchisar on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 37' 48.77" N 34° 48' 20.82" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uchisar New Village .
People lived around the Uchisar Mountain until 1960’s at the northern and eastern slopes of it towards the Pigeon Valley.
As the small village near the castle grew in population, the inhabitants needed additional forms of retreat. Gradually more and more accommodations were created for the families as well as the animals, resulting in real landscaped interiors with stores and stables.
In the case of an imminent attack, the people of the village would wait in the fortress until the danger was over.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Uchisar on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 37' 28.07" N 34° 48' 16.88" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uchisar Old Village .
Uchisar is dominated by a huge plug of rock, a so-called "kale" (castle). This tall rock is the highest point of the Nevsehir region. Uchisar is by far the most conspicuous feature of the Cappadokian landscape. It looks like a 25-floor beehive of cave rooms forming an underground-type city.
Although it's often said that the rock of Uchisar is called a castle because it looks like one, in reality it doesn't look anything like the manmade castles with which most visitors will be familiar. Instead, the locals called all the jutting rock cones "kales" before the marketing people came up with the more evocative "fairy chimneys."
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You may watch my high resolution photo of Uchisar on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 38' 56.04" N 34° 50' 8.52" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uchisar Castle .
Uchisar Castle is the nickname of the large cave-filled rock formation that looms above the town of Uchisar in Cappadocia. You can easily climb to the top of Uchisar Castle via steps that circle around the outside of it (with railings). From the top, you get an unobstructed 360-degree view of Cappadocia's wild rock formations. The view is best at sunset, when the colors of the rocks and cliffs are fully highlighted.
You have to pay a few YTL to do the climb, but it is worth it. We got some great sunset photos and met some really nice people at the top while waiting for the sun to set.
Our Uchisar page includes the entire area since there is no option for Cappadocia in general. We took several days of personal guided tours. We saw all the sites and took a baloon ride. Everything was perfect!
Some of these formations are really unique - and here you may also see a different sort of stone on top of this rock