Cappadocia, where millions of years old fairy chimneys are located, is one of the most visited tourist regions in the world where you can encounter another miracle at every step. Cappadocia, one of the most important centers of Turkey in the context of cultural tourism, covers a large area that spreads to five provinces in the Urgup-Goreme region. So, what are the places to see in Cappadocia and where to go? I just wanted to list the addresses you shouldn’t have left without seeing them when you get here.
Which Places You Should See In Cappadocia?
Cappadocia has hosted many civilizations over thousands of years. In the past, architectural applications have not been as present, so the people preferred underground shelters, i.e. natural caves. There are many caves in Avanos, Urgup, Goreme, Cavusin, and Uchisar regions, where Cappadocia’s famous stone houses and natural structures are located. In addition to their natural form, some were shaped by the locals at the time and turned into an underground fortress. So much so that the underground city expression is used for these structures. The underground cities recommended to visit in the region are:
Derinkuyu Underground City is accepted as the most magnificent of these underground cities. Besides, it is also quite interesting that is has a capacity of 50 thousand people.
In the first rows of the list of places to see in Cappadocia, the valleys that undoubtedly stand out with their natural structures come. You can also visit churches where you can be together with historical textures while walking through beautiful valleys hosted by natural formations. The most famous valleys in the region are as follows:
- Ihlara Valley
- Pigeon Valley
- Devrent Valley
Fairy Chimneys are magnificent natural formations that I guess you have seen until today. The mounds formed by medium hard rocks have been carved by humans and turned into a living space, and some of them still stand without any intervention. The structures called fairy chimneys are not just small house-shaped structures, of course. For example, there are extremely magnificent structures such as Uchisar Castle and Gomeda Valley. Besides, when you come to the region, you should not leave without seeing the Three Beauties, the capped fairy chimneys that you see in all Cappadocia visuals as the symbol of the region, of course. The Three Beauties located in Urgup will welcome you with their slightly bronzed appearance in the white landscape.
Roman Period Artifacts
Among the places to see in Cappadocia, there are many churches and monasteries that were a component of Christian culture during the Roman period. When the buildings built in this period are examined, it can be easily seen that more detailed workmanship is discussed, and a much higher level has been reached in terms of artistic aspects. All of these structures are preserved, but they are valuable structures that are also considered as world cultural heritage. While some old hollows are actively used throughout Cappadocia, many structures are under absolute protection.
Cappadocia, which hosts magical valleys, is not only famous for its Fairy Chimneys. Vineyards dating back to historical Hittites are another detail that makes Cappadocia a unique place. In addition to the views of the valley, Cappadocia wines also impress those who visit the region. If you are a wine lover, make sure to visit the vineyards.
Shopping and Daily Living in Cappadocia
It is not possible to mention much about modern structures in the list of places to see in Cappadocia. As the region is under protection, the construction of new generation structures is limited here. However, you can consider visiting the mansions, which are a component of both old and new buildings and where the Asmali Konak series was also filmed. Besides, remember to visit the souvenir shops in the bazaar to get a better view of daily life.