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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
One of us went through the museum doors to see the Uchisar castle. The rest ( three of us) sat outside around waiting for him to return. The only restaurant in the area has valley view and numerous canopies with tables underneath. The owner, a friendly and warm Turkish gentleman who has spent half his life in Germany came along and invited us in....more
After our visit to “Les Maisons De Cappadoce”, we walked the small street surrounding the hill and we came across this elegant restaurant. A friend had been in this restaurant and pleased with its service and meals. One of our plans was have a chic dinner there. Before coming for dinner we wanted to see the ambiance. Waiters were preparing for...more
If you go to Cappadocia, the odds are that they try to get you to go to the club which is carved into the native rock. It's a neat "been there done that experience", but there are things to be aware of.- They have a flat fee for all you can drink, but you'll be 10 years older by the time you get it. See attached picture... We asked for orange juice...more
Organized Nightlife in Clubs like we are used to in western Countries will not exist here in Turkey's countryside....But why don't you take a walk in the eveningsun or even - if you are there at the right time - Full-moon-light - it will be a very special experience in this wonderful landscape, when you may see the lights behind the windows of...more
Uchisar is situated just 7 km from Nevsehir. It marks one corner of a virtual triangle with Ortahisar and Urgup and considered to be the heart of Cappadocia.
You may get there by bus from Ankara (5 times a day, 4 hours in a way), from Istanbul (3 times a day, 12 hours in a way), from Nevsehir (2 times an hour, 30 minutes in a way), from Urgup (2 times an hour, 20 minutes in a way).
We reached Uchisar after an excursion to Goreme Open Air Museum. It took us about 15 minutes by bus.
This is a great little Antique shop nestled in amongst the other shops near the Castle. It had souvenirs out the front, but inside it is full of interesting Turkish Anitiques. The Owner made is own hand-made copper and brass items. He was very helpful and told me about the different items in the shop. I also enjoyed a cup of Apple tea here. I...more
There were many souvenir shops around this place.A tour in Cappadocia without climbing on Uchisar Castle is not complete. A tour in Uchisar without buying something as a souvenir is not complete as well.You can see souvenirs on the background of Cappadoccian landscapes at my Travelogue.more
Wines of Nevsehir are famous. Turasan is a brand that you can find anywhere in Turkiye. But I heard Kocabag in Urgup first. The locals of Urgup go to buy their wines to Uchisar, because it is hard to find Kocabag even in Urgup.We visited the shop of Kocabag in May. You can taste the wines here. The owners were planning to have a restaurant or café...more
You can realize how I was missing my dogs staying in Moscow! So every dog I saw in Turkey reminded me my German shepherds which were waiting for me in Moscow. This dog in Cappadocia had extremely sad eyes…I know two Turkish breeds. The Sivas Kangal Dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and is the national breed of Turkey. This...more
There is a legend about Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia:“Once upon a time, there was a unique fairyland on earth. This land was not only famous for its fairies but also for the tall rock ‘chimneys’ where these fairies lived. This fairyland had the fairest and most beautiful queen who lived in a palace at the top of Uchisar Castle, which was the most...more
You can see pigeons on many frescoes in the rock churches of Cappadocia- one of the best examples being “the Church with apple” in Goreme Valley. According to another legend the life of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed was saved by a pigeon. Pigeons were both sacred and economically important in Cappadocia in Muslim as well as Christian period of the...more
The best way to visit Uchisar is to climb on the castle.As you arrive at the top of the castle you can have all Cappadocia under your feet.For the time being it's also closed to the public after a chunk of rock in the center of Urgup sheered off and killed three people. Some over-enthusiastic locals urge tourists to ignore the signs warning of a...more
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: make sure you have good walking shoes, as clibing in these mountains might be rather slippery because of the soft rocks.
Do you remember my tip about fairy chimneys in Pasabagi? The fanciful figures of fairy chimneys resemble stone fields of giant mushrooms to someone. It’s up to you to decide, haha! But when you visit the Love Valley you will change your mind, haha! Almost everybody supposed that they resembled something phallic.more
Uchisar village is built on an inclined ground and looking to a deep valley. There are many old, collapsed, beautiful buildings here. Some of them are abandoned but also there are people living in some of them. Both the abandoned ones and the others are beautiful in architecture and decoration. Some of them are decorated in a modern manner.Take a...more
From the 5th century on during the Byzantine Period the Uchisar Mountain was used as natural fortress for defense against Persian invaders. As time went on, more and more caves were hollowed out of the soft tuff as the people sought refuge hereAfter the Byzantine Empire began to decline in Anatolia it was summarily defeated by the Turkish Seljuks...more