Yaprakhisar Monastery, The actual monastery was an old Greek church which had been converted into a mosque.
These were the last two churches, built into the rock face, in the valley but we didn’t go into them.
Views across the valley towards the underground city built into the cliff the smoke-blackened ceiling of the cooking. Living area is clearly visible.
There was a small underground city built into the cliff behind the church that we explored too although. We didn’t venture into the lower levels as the path was really steep and the passageway very low.
Underground city is something of a misnomer for in this case the city was built into the cliff rather than. Actually being underground although it did have a couple of underground levels.
This was only a small such city but there are many others in this area of Turkey.
Some of the more famous, like Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, are several (maybe 8) levels deep and have sophisticated ventilation systems. As well as areas for keeping horses and other livestock.
They were constructed hundreds of years ago and served as hiding places for many of the Christians in times of persecution.
We visited the yuksek kilisi (lit. the high up church), built right on the top of a rocky outcrop with views over the surrounding countryside.
We tried to find Narlı golu (pomegranate lake) but Sally Sat Nav, as we’d nicknamed our satellite navigation system, led us completely astray and took us to Nar köyu (Nar village) instead.
Cappadocia Package Tour
Cappadocia Private Tour
South Of Cappadocia Tour
South Of Cappadocia Tour
South Of Cappadocia Tour, Göreme Panorama, Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Hiking (one hour), lunch, Yaprakhisar Panorama, Selime Monastry, Pigeon Valley, Onxy and Stone Demonstation.
First place in the tour is Panoramic view of Goreme. You get information about history, formation of Cappadocia tours while watching the fairy chimneys. Following the information, free time for photograph.
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Derinkuyu, Cappadocia After driving about 40 minutes, arrival to Underground City. This underground city was firstly used by the local people as a natural deep freeze. Later by the late Romans as a shelter against potential Arabian invasions.
Cappadocia Ihlara Canyon is 52 km. away from Underground City.Approximately 45 minutes later, you will be in the entrance of Ihlara Valley.Ihlara Valley was formed by the volcanic actions of Mt. Hasan, next to Ihlara Valley. Afterwards, Melendiz River eroded the valley for millions of years besides the layers cracked and fell down.
You will start with the soup and salad, later you will able choose one of the main dishes from the list. Lunch will be over with season fruits.
After lunch our guide will take you to a unique place, Yaprakhisar. You will see the nicest examples of conical fairy chimneys. Since the area is very similar to Star Wars Film Set.
Cappadocia tour Our tour will go on with another movie- set-like place, Selime Monastery. At first look, the monastery looks like a castle, but shelters, churches, chapels, bedrooms, storages and big cathedral proves us its being a monastery.
Goreme, Cappadocia Climbing tours to Selime monastery will exhaust you, probably. But till you arrive to Pigeon Valley, you will have about 1 hour to rest. Also, our guide will mention about some traditions, cultures and stories about Anatolia on the way.
These are other trips.