No place in the world is so special, so magical. There is history all over the place, no matter if you are under or above the ground. The atmosphere casts its spell over travelers. We still know words fail to describe Cappadocia. If you are looking for the unique traces of civilization in a world where distances are shrinking, Cappadocia is the first place to visit. Because no matter where you go around the world, you will not be able to find something similar and experience such a mystery.
Visiting Cappadocia is not just a vacation! It also has a different effect of changing perceptions, causing excitement, and accumulating the unforgettable besides seeing a new place, experiencing history, and enjoying nature. Everything that we suggest like “you should definitely go or do” and everything you add to this will turn out to be “so glad I have been there” and “I will come back again”. We believe “Cappadocia is ineffable”, but still we cannot help telling you about it.
Places to See in Cappadocia
Cappadocia, the name that the Persians gave, means “The Land of Beautiful Horses”. Back then the most beautiful horses grew here and galloped in her valleys. Her unique geography was created with the efforts of Mother Nature; wind and rain caused the erosion of the soft lava flows from surrounding Erciyes, Mount Güllü and Mount Hasan over a very long time. Cappadocia accommodates many works with legends in a colorful nature that have everlasting effects on travelers if time devoted. If your holiday route is Cappadocia, we would like you to have a look at our ‘do not leave without’ list.
Göreme Places to See in Cappadocia
We have a saying for Göreme, a town in Nevşehir, which is among the ‘Unesco World Heritage’ in the Cappadocia region or Korama with the first name known in history: ‘Do not die without visiting Göreme!’ Göreme hosted many civilizations in history starting from the Hittites or maybe the Chalcolithic till the Ottoman period. But one of her most prominent features is that she hosted the Christians who escaped oppression between the 6th and the 13th centuries. To go into the depths of history, walk in the valleys in company of the fairy chimneys, walk around the narrow streets, imagine, and get impressed, we suggest you add her among your Cappadocia travel list and ‘go visit’.
1 – Göreme Open Air Museum
Göreme Open Air Museum is where you will enter into a completely different world when you pass the turnstile. Many churches, chapels and living space carved into the rock will receive you in this unusual world where the monastic life began and the Christians who escaped oppression became missionaries and hermits. Women’s and Men’s Monastery, Elmalı Church, Yılanlı Church, Çarıklı Church, Dark Church, St. Barbara and St. Basil Churches and Tokalı Church will impress you with their unique frescos and take you on a journey through history. Do not say ‘I visited Cappadocia’ without seeing the Göreme Open Air Museum among the Unesco’s World Heritage list since 6 December 1985.
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2- Güvercinlik Valley
Güvercinlik Valley, starting from Uçhisar and extending to Göreme, covering an area of 4 km, took its name from pigeon nests carved into the rocks. The people of the region fed these pigeons until the ninth century and used their manure in the vineyards and their eggs in the gypsum of the frescos. If you want to see both the pigeon nests and the unique vegetation that nature offers, do not go back without walking through this valley. There is also a waterfall that flows 15 meters high. It should be on your Cappadocia travel list both for trekking and taking photos!