Why wouldn’t you wake up in a unique pointy fairy chimneys hotel and start your day by enjoying the sunrise inside of a hot air balloon that each morning brightens up the skies above Cappadocia?
Cappadocia Hot Air Ballon in Turkey
Sounds good, huh? Scroll down to learn more about this magical underground land full of history and heritage.
Here we present the 7 biggest reasons why you shouldn’t miss visiting this amazing city.
#1. Where to visit in Cappadocia?
So many. Cappadocia is a region that lies in eastern Anatolia. It was shaped by rain and wind over millions of years by lava and ashes erupted by the mounts Erciyes, Hasan, and Golludag. After nature has done to shape the region, especially the early Christians settled there while they are running from the persecution of the Romans and they hide and build homes, and churches in the fairy chimneys. This caused the list to grow because while outside of the fairy chimneys it is possible to feel the magical atmosphere of mother nature’s surreal painting, inside each fairy chimney are rich and early versions of Christian paintings. Here is a “not to be missed list” :
a. Cappadocia Open Air Museum
If the topic is Cappadocia the first place to visit should be the Goreme Open Air Museum. Here there is an ambiguity about the name. Cappadocia is the name of the region that contains the destinations Goreme Open-air Museum, Urgup, Ihlara Valley, Selime, Guzelyurt, Uchisar, Avanos, Zelve, and the underground cities Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Gaziemir, and Ozkonak. So while you are saying “Open Air Museum Cappadocia” or “Cappadocia Open Air Museum” you are meaning this list.
Cappadocia Open Air Museum Goreme
So back to the topic Goreme Open-air Museum is the Unesco World Heritage since 1985. It has been a settlement since the Hittites. Plus the region was within the Hurri-Mitanni, Hittites, Middle and Neo Assyrians, Persians, and the Greeks, the political turmoil between these empires caused the natives to carve tunnels. Later during the Roman era, Christians who are running from Romans transformed the fairy chimneys into homes and churches. While the view of it is gorgeous itself the cave churches St. Basil's, Elmali, St. Barbara, St. Catherine's Yilanli, Pantokrator, Malta Cross, Dark, Carikli, and Tokatli, and approximately 600 other churches can be visited. Inside the churches, the wall paintings are taken from the Torah, the Bible, and the life of Jesus still have vibrant colors.
The Dark church stepped behind among others. The "Dark Church" is the best-preserved one because of them it was taking little bid light from the small window in the narthex thus it was called ‘Dark’ and the inside decoration did not harm because of this kind of reasons
Don't forget to make the trip to Cappadocia Open Air Museum!
b. Devrent Valley Cappadocia
Devrent Valley is the location of the is known as “Dream Valley” or “Pink Valley” because it is the house of animal-like fairy chimnies and both the earth and the fairy chimnies are a tone of pink during the sunset. Trekking, hiking, or roaming around are not quite possible and no churches or cave houses in the valley. It is popular because of its view, animals look like fairy chimnies and the color. Explore Pink Valley in 2022