Traces of Cappadocia 1


• Three beauties of Ürgüp
• Devrent valley
• Çavuşin
• Uçhisar castle
• Derinkuyu underground city


Three beauties of Ürgüp:  Three Beauties ( Urgup Fairy Chimneys ), also which are the most famous fairy chimneys located outside of Urgup at Cappadocia. Three Beauties, the conic rock formations that locals have created many legends about enjoy taking pictures of the fairy chimneys and valleys with rustic colors.

Devrent Valley: This is a place to let your mind run free in a seemingly lunar landscape with rock formations that look like animals. The Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, has none of the cave churches, Byzantine frescoes or Roman citadel ruins that are famous throughout the rest of Cappadocia; but what it does have is an extraordinary landscape shaped by nature to make you laugh and wonder and explore.

Çavuşin: Then you go to the village of Çavuşin. The old part of the village was abandoned in the 1950s due to numerous rock-falls caused by erosion. You can also see the famous basilica of St. John the Baptist, cut into the cliffs above the old village, built in the 5th century.

Uçhisar Castle: The highest peak in the region and the most prominent land formation, the Uçhisar Castle is a larger-than-life sculpture. A climb up the 120 steps to the summit of the fortress is a logical introduction to the rocky scapes of Cappadocia. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Byzantine army took advantage of the natural elevation of three of the area's rock formations and used them as natural fortresses. Recently discovered was a secret tunnel leading to the riverbed, which provided an emergency water supply in the event of an attack.

Derinkuyu Underground City: This is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m, it was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia.

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