Cappadocia; “Land of Beautiful Horses”
The Taurus rose 60 million years ago. As the Taurus rose, the fire burning in the heart of the world found a way. When it reached the earth, it blasted whatever was in it. Every day, it appeared in Anatolian lands as if it were wearing a dress. He hardened its shell-like it didn’t want to show the naivety inside. Years passed, its hands cracked as it got older… Rains were filled with cracks, its body was blown by winds. Just like people, it has changed.
Fairy in “Land of Beautiful Horses”. A history dating back to the Palaeolithic period. And mysterious land that has sheltered people for centuries. Where nature and history unite. Cappadocia. Cappadocia, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985, is a place where you can find the best examples of the natural formation that people call fairy chimneys.
Cappadocia has become one of the places developing with trade due to its location on the Silk Road route. B.C. The Persian Empire, which dominated the lands with the collapse of the Hittite Emperor in the 12th century, gave Cappadocia the name of the Land of Beautiful Horses in the 6th century BC.
While Alexander the Great defeated the Persian Empire, the Cappadocia Kingdom was established, but M.S. In 17, Cappadocia became part of the Roman Empire. The spirit of Cappadocia has come to life here. These fairy chimnies used by Christians who escaped from Roman pressure to hide has become a place where people lead secret lives.
Christians coming to the region have carved the volcanic soft rocks into a centre of education and thought to spread Christianity. With the prohibition of icons by 3rd Leon in the 4th century, pro-icon people preferred this place to continue their worship, and caused them to leave valuable architectural works behind them.
Would you like to be a part of a fairy tale that? Spring or summer who cares. Wake up before the first lights of the morning appear. You imprison the sun, the brightness of the sky.
Choose a lively dress in your favourite colour and don’t forget to choose a suitable shoe. If you have a loved one, hold your hand tightly and start living your tale. Add birds that will make your heart sparkle with butterflies flying in your stomach. Let your journey begin in the colour that turns yellow after red, to the unique blue of the sky. Take a balloon and watch the beautiful Country of Horses …
When your foot touches the ground, you will be enchanted. You will not believe this reality on your horse galloping across the Fairy Chimneys while freely flying the birds inside you, in this land where history and nature unite.
That’s a tale, it always has a dizzy potion. Take a sip of your wine in this place of grape paradise. Soak up the smell of this potion as you walk around in the cellars deep in the city. Go straight to the top of the river, and make yourself a companion of the flowing stream between the high cliffs on both sides of a valley. Do not forget to unravel the secrets of the pictures of people who lived centuries ago. At the end of the day, three apples fall from the sky, one for you, one for me and one for this “Land of Beautiful Horses”.
Places To Visit In Cappadocia
Touristic places are gathered in Avanos, Çavuşin, Ürgüp, Göreme, Uçhisar and Ortahisar settlements.
Avanos, whose name you will see as Vanessa or Evranos while you are visiting, is one of the districts of Nevşehir.
The Devrent Valley, where the Fairy Chimney is similar to the camel figure used in the promotion of Cappadocia is in Avanos.
Hair Museum, which is part of Chez Galip’s pottery shop is among the interesting places you can see here. Beginning with Galip Bey’s French lover returning to his country, this trend, which started by cutting a pinch of hair and hanging it in the shop, has turned this place into a museum where thousands of women come to visit.
Güray Museum, where ceramics and pottery works belonging to the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods are exhibited.
Zelve Open Air Museum is the place where the fairy chimneys are the most beautiful and the most.
The place called Paşabağı, Çavuşin Church, Çavuşin Old Mosque, ideal for nature walks, Kızılçukur Valley and Baptist Yahya Church, which are ideal for nature walks, are gathered in this section.
Göreme, which is the place where rock hotels and restaurants are located most because of its central location is a town overlooking the valleys where famous hot air balloons rise.
Göreme Open Air Museum, consisting of churches, chapels, dining halls, cemeteries and wine cellars where the monastery education started, is here with the beautiful view of Love Valley (it is called Love Valley because it is a nice option for making the most romantic marriage proposals).
You can take a panoramic view by going to Uçhisar Castle, which is the highest fairy chimney that can be seen from all over the region. Güvercinlik Valley is also among the places to visit here.
In addition to Temenni Hill, Gomeda Valley, Three Beauties, Orta Hisar Castle, the mansion used in the Asmalı Konak series, which was once known and loved for a long time, is within the borders of Ürgüp.
There are many underground cities in Cappadocia that have not been revealed yet. 36 of them could be reached and some of them were opened to tourists. These mysterious underground cities, which include institutions such as churches, mental hospitals where ventilation, heating, irrigation, sewage systems are installed, also have interconnected tunnels. The most prominent of these cities is the underground city of Derinkuyu, which consists of 8 floors underground and is an underground city where approximately 50,000 people can live at the same time. If you do not have a closed phobia, I recommend you to visit here.
This valley between Nevşehir and Aksaray is one of the most beautiful valleys in the world that you should not forget to visit while coming here.
Activities in Cappadocia:
Underground City Tours
Testi Kebabı (Pottery Kebab)