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Cappadocia, which has a culture of thousands of years, has attained a rare natural structure thanks to the activities and weather events of the surrounding volcanoes millions of years ago. Thanks to its fascinating beauty, most of the historical and natural assets in the region, which resembles a fairy tale land, have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list due to their value. Among these places on the list, I have listed the places that deserve to be seen the most in Cappadocia for you..

Cappadocia Places to Visit

The best way to explore Cappadocia, which has a worldwide reputation for mountain and road biking due to its natural tracks, is walking.However, if you are too lazy to walk, you can also get an idea about the region by participating in ATV tours or taking a hot air balloon. In order to be able to visit the hidden paradises in the valleys of Cappadocia without losing your budget, it is useful to obtain a Museum Card.Also, if you are going to shop in the settlements in Cappadocia or attend organized entertainment nights, do not forget to negotiate the price.By the way, where to stay in Cappadocia with general information about accommodation and hotel recommendations? You can read our article titled .

  • Fairy Chimneys

Fairy chimneys come to mind first when talking about places to visit in Cappadocia; It emerged as a result of weathering erosion of the soft layer formed during the volcanic activities of Erciyes, Hasandağı and Güllüdağ 60 million years ago.During your visit to Göreme National Park, Lovers Valley and Zelve Ruins, you can see the most beautiful landforms, which some of the people of the region have used for their various needs such as shelter and storage, as they can be easily shaped .

Göreme National Park, which covers an area of ​​9,614 hectares , was taken under protection in 1986. Famous for its fairy chimneys, which are rare in the world, the park reveals the historical and ethnological structure of Cappadocia together with the Göreme Open Air Museum.You can end your trip in the park, where you spent visiting the fairy chimneys and religious buildings from the early Christian period, with the unique view of the sunset.If you go to the national park between 15 March and 15 November, when the weather conditions are more favorable than other periods of the year, you can easily examine the unique beauties it contains.

  • Uchisar

Uçhisar is the most historical place of the Cappadocia Region with its values, which most travelers to the region are deceived by its calmness because of not doing enough research .The residential area, which was established at the foot of the magnificent Uçhisar Castle, has a rich cultural variety as it is an important stop on the Silk Road.You can browse the shops selling handmade products and famous Cappadocian wines in the bazaar of the region, which you can choose for a peaceful stay due to its quality hotels.When you go on a tour outside the castle, you can give priority to visiting Güvercinlik Valley, an important trekking route between Uçhisar and Göreme .

  • Güllüdere Valley

Güllüdere Valley, located between Çavuşin Village and Göreme, is a pleasant walking route with 5 historical churches on 2 branches. I recommend you to start touring the valley, which offers an ideal environment for those who enjoy exploring, from Çavuşin Village , which has a great history to contrast with the area it covers .You can first visit Yovakim-Anna Church and Direkli Church . After passing the monks’ cells along the way, you can see the Ayvalı, Crusader and Three Crusader churches, respectively, on the second branch of the valley. Each of the churches, though damaged, are decorated with frescoes telling intriguing Christian stories.

  • Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley, which should be included in the list of places to visit in Cappadocia with its magnificent view and historical values, was formed by the soft base of the Melendiz Stream. Some of the rocks in the valley, where accommodation facilities are abundant, have been carved into churches since the 9th century.If you visit the churches of Ağaçaltı , Pürenliseki , Kokar, Yılanlı and Sümbüllü, which offer a peaceful environment in touch with nature, where guests can be relieved from the stress of urban life , you can have the opportunity to examine the well-preserved murals.At the end of the day, you can end your pleasant walk in the valley with a meal where you can taste local delicacies at the restaurant built by the stream.

  • Zelve Ruins

Zelve Ruins, only 3 kilometers from Avanos, consists of 3 valleys where fairy chimneys are quite dense compared to other regions of Cappadocia. The ruin, which is also an important climbing area for adventure lovers, was used as a settlement and religious center by Christians between the 9th and 13th centuries.There are important religious buildings such as Balıklı, Üzümlü and Geyikli churches built in the Iconoclastic Period covering the years 728-842 in the area built on the steep slopes to the north of Aktepe . You can also see structures such as tunnels, mosques and mills while visiting the region.

  • Urgup

Ürgüp, the favorite holiday spot of honeymoon couples, is a place where travelers prefer to shop more. District Byzantine period Osiana , Seljuks time Bashisar , by the Ottomans Burgut been referred to the name of the castle.Apart from hotels with high service quality and shops selling local products, you can visit the district to see its natural beauties such as 3 Güzeller, rock tombs from the Roman period and Altıkapılı and Tememnni Hill Tombs built by the Seljuks . You can crown your Urgup trip by participating in the balloon tours that start at sunrise.

  • Pasabag Priests Valley

Which is one of the ideal area to take pictures in Cappadocia Pasabaglari Priests Valley, gained fame with ruins of Zelve is located fairly close proximity.The valley, which contains the best examples of mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, can be easily visited thanks to the good walking paths that pass through these formations.You can explore the rock-cut chapels and chambers as you tour the area where hermits and monks once used to retreat.

  • Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City, where those who escaped from the persecution of the Roman Empire during the first Christian period came from Antakya and Kayseri and took refuge, consists of 8 floors.At that time, sections were built to meet all the needs of refugees in the underground city, which created a safe environment thanks to its invisible entrance.In the city where the rooms are connected to each other by narrow corridors, in addition to religious buildings such as churches and monasteries, food stores, wineries, water wells and meeting halls are some of the areas where you can see. In addition, Derinkuyu has a missionary school, unlike Kaymaklı , which I will tell you shortly .

  • Uçhisar Castle

You can include Uçhisar Castle in your list of places to visit in Cappadocia in order to watch the unique beauty of the region from a bird’s eye view and take plenty of photos .The castle, which dates back to the Roman Empire, was built to stop the invasions from the east thanks to its advantageous location. A large number of rooms, warehouses, cellars and cisterns were built in the Roman and Seljuk periods in the military building, which consists of two adjacent fairy chimneys, which the local people call “Aga’s Castle” for the older and “Cavus’s Castle” for the smaller one.

  • Kaymaklı Underground City

Kaymaklı Underground City, located within the boundaries of the town from which it takes its name, has 8 floors, just like Derinkuyu. However, only 4 floors can be visited today.B.C. Built by around 3,000 Hittites, this city was expanded during the Roman and Byzantine periods and turned into a shelter where 25,000 people can live.While walking around the underground city built around the main ventilation shaft, you can see cemeteries, churches, warehouses, living areas and wells connected by corridors.

  • Cappadocia Caves

Cappadocia Caves, most of which are located between the Nevşehir-Ürküp-Avanos triangle, have been used by the people of the region for thousands of years for shelter and storage purposes.Some of these structures, which were carved into soft rocks, were expanded over time by the refugees who came to the region and turned into underground settlements called “villages” for small ones and “cities” for large ones. You can see the most magnificent of these structures in places such as Kaymaklı, Özkonak , Mazı, Tatlarin and Derinkuyu.

  • Pigeon Valley

Güvercinlik Valley, which is one of the most preferred routes by those who love hiking, stretches between Uçhisar and Göreme.The vineyards where delicious grapes are grown in the region where wine production is widespread, have been fed with fertilizers obtained from birds sheltering in this region since the 9th century. In addition, the Christians who lived in the area used the eggs they collected from the nests that gave the valley its name and mixed the plaster they would use in frescoes. You can spend time in the valley where there is a 15 meter high waterfall, because of its magnificent natural wealth.

  • Love Valley

Love Valley, also known as Baghdere , is located within the borders of Goreme. The valley, where hundreds of fairy chimneys of different sizes and colors are located, fascinates visitors with its view, especially at sunset.Starting from Örencik , you can come across many beauties that you can take pictures while strolling along the path of the valley, which is 4,900 meters long, sometimes stretching between the orchards and vineyards.

  • Mazı Underground City

Mazı Underground City, which was built in the early Roman period, is the last historical settlement I will tell you on the list of places to visit in Cappadocia. Situated about 18 kilometers south of Ürküp , the campus is only 10 kilometers from Kaymaklı Underground City. There are cemeteries from both Roman and Byzantine periods in the city, which has 4 known entrances.The striking point of the city, where you can reach the inner parts of the city by going through the areas reserved for stables, is the church decorated with reliefs.

Other Places to Visit in Cappadocia

During the article on places to visit in Cappadocia, we talked about the most important places you should visit and see in the region. If you have enough time on your trip to Cappadocia, you can add the following points to your trip list:Güray MuseumDervent ValleySelime MonasteryZemi ValleySunset PointCavusin VillageCappadocia Art and History MuseumEthnographic MuseumTemenni HillGuzelyurt Underground CityMustafapasaIbrahimpasa

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