Cappadocia, which is almost unlike any other in the world, is a very special and valuable place. This place, which we now call Cappadocia, has emerged for about 60 million years with the erosion of the soft layers by rain and wind, resulting in a beautiful geography that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Home to underground cities, interesting fairy chimneys inn, rock hotels, impressive valleys and amazing activities, this place is one of the most special places on earth.
This beautiful country, unlike other countries in the world, has a geography that looks like magic. It is an extraordinary region that will cause people to lose the sense of time and space. A large part of the Cappadocia geography extending to Kirsehir, Aksaray, Kirsehir, Nigde and Kayseri is within the borders of Nevsehir.
The name Cappadocia is thought to derive from the ancient Persian word "katpatu-ka", but there are also different opinions. In an inscription belonging to Wasusarma, the ruler of the Talba Kingdom that ruled before the Persians in the region, the strength and purity of the horses bred in the region is mentioned. Therefore, as is accepted today, the word katpatuka is one of the options that is likely to mean 'land of beautiful horses'.
It is possible to find traces of the Hittite Empire, the Persian Empire, the Cappadocia Kingdom, the Seljuks and the Ottoman Empire in the history of the region dating back to the early two millennia BC. These lands, which have hosted countless civilizations for centuries, offer us a unique richness by combining rich historical and cultural features. That is why those who came to the region for the first time shed light on the mysterious doors not only of geography but also of history.
During the trips to Goreme Open-Air Museum, Ihlara Valley, Pasabagları, Gulludere Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City; Shopping from small markets where pottery, leather, rag dolls and copper items are sold, touring Avanos on horseback while riding a horse and making ceramics by taking over the looms in workshops, walking in Ask (The Love) Valley, floating over the geography with balloons should be on your to-do list when visiting Cappadocia.
There are 429 registered buildings and 64 protected regions belonging to 10 different civilizations in Cappadocia, which is among the regions that need to be protected by UNESCO due to its cultural and historical richness. Traditional Cappadocia houses and dovecotes carved into the rocks are among the original architectural structures of the region.
Places to visit in Cappadocia
Cappadocia, which is like a different planet in the middle of Anatolia, is a beautiful dreamland that can make you forget the world you live in while wandering its valleys and canyons, and also has a very wide geography. Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar are the leading regions where nature touches with its magic fingers. But to squeeze Cappadocia into the classic Goreme-Avanos-Urgup triangle means undervalue it.
It would be wrong to travel fast in all these places at once and it is impossible to visit every place in a few days. Stay somewhere every time you come; In Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar or Ortahisar. Take it as a base and start touring its surroundings. The more time you spend in Cappadocia, the more it reveals its beauty to you. Home to fascinating lands; You should take the necessary care, respect and time to travel around.
Cappadocia, during the 12 months of the rare places where Turkey's tourism, is a place that should be visited for 4 seasons at every opportunity. Spring and winter are the best.