Places of Interest in Aksaray
faith tourism sports, underground cities, the stops on the historical Silk Road , Lake Tuz, Mount Hasan,
ancient sites, and spa centers are just some of the riches of your travel.
Ihlara Valley – a 14 kms-long fascinating canyon.
Ihlara Valley is a 16 km long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia.
Through the valley flows Melendiz Stream. This valley is famous with the ancient history of its inhabitants.
The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine
period.Because of the valley’s structure it was the first settlement place of the first Christians escaping from
the Roman soldiers.So there are hundreds of churches caved in the volcanic rocks.
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can be included : Nora Ancient Site , Sarigol Church, Yardıbas Church, Sut Church, Bozboyun Church,
the mountaintop Tepe Church, the cruciformKale Church and the Seljuk edifice Karahan found on the road
to ski centre.
Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans and Turkish Republic.
Guzelyurt and its environs bring togother all that is special about Cappadocia. The Monastery valley, 5,5 km
long, is bordered on both sides by high rocks, ice covered in willow trees and a river runs through it. Within
there are many churches, rock cut residences and settlements, both above and below ground.
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In the town, there are fairy chimneys and rock cut churches here of which the most important is known as the Selime Cathedral.
rescue excavations since 1989. The first civilisations of Aşıklı date back to 8000 B.C. Aşıklıhöyük is known
as one of the oldest ‘first village settlements’ of Anatolia and the Near East and is also one of the most
important ancient sites belonging to the Neolithic Period.The people who lived in Aşıklı were the first to
cultivate types of wheat, barley and lentil. They were also intensively occupied with hunting.
B.C and lived its most glorious period in the years 2000 to 1750 B.C. The mound has been systematically
excavated since 1962. As a result of the excavations, a large palace and depository belonging to the
Assyrian Trade colonies period has come to light. Also there have been found beak-mouthed vases, seals
passing through Central Asia, Iran and Anatolia. Along it can be found various resting places.
There are hans (inn) and caravanserais along an east west axis through Anatolia. In the Seljuk Period
travellers and traders route. These hans and caravanserais are considered amongst the best examples of
‘Seljuk Architectural Art’.
These are Sultanhan, Ağzıkarahan, Öresinhan and Alayhan.
Spa Centers – Thermal Springs in Aksaray