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Cappadocia City Map






Nevsehir ancient name was "Nyssa", but in the Ottoman period it was renamed "Muskara".  The son in law of Sultan Ahmet III, the Ottoman Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha was born in Nevsehir and therefore took a great interest in its construction.





Goreme, situated 10 km from Nevsehir, is found in the area surrounded with valleys, within the Nevsehir-Urgup-Avanos triangle. The old names for Goreme are Korama, Matiana, Maccan and Avcilar.




Açık Hava MüzesiOpen Air Museum

By the end of the 2nd century a large Christian community had formed in Cappadocia.  It is known that there were two bishoprics at that time; one in Kayseri, which, for a long time, continued to be a Christian centre in the region and...




Ürgüp Urgup

One of the most important centres in Cappadocia is Urgup, 20km to the east of Nevsehir.  Urgup was an important settlement in the Seljuk period, when it was called "Bashisar". 






Uchisar is situated at the highest point in the region, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 7 km from Nevsehir. It is not known when Uchisar was first inhabited , however, in style, it  resembles Ortahisar and...




MustafapaşaMustafa Pasa

Mustafa Pasa, 6km to the south of Urgup, was inhabited by Greek Orthodox families until the beginning of the 20th century. 





The ancient name of the town of Avanos, which lies 18km to the northeast of Nevsehir, was Vanessa.







Zelve is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari. The ruins at Zelve are spread over three valleys, which also house many pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.




Ortahisar Ortahisar

Ortahisar citadel, built both as a defense and as a settlement, is situated 6km from Ürgüp, on the road to Nevsehir. Typical examples of the area's civilian architecture can be found among the houses skirting the citadel.




Hacıbektaş  Hacıbektas 

The Museum, former dervishes lodge also called “dergâh” of Hacıbektaş, consists of three courtyards lied side by side.





Gülşehir  Gulsehir 

The old name of Gulsehir, situated on the southern bank of the Red River, 20km from Nevsehir, is Arapsun and in ancient times it was called "Zoropassos".




Aksaray Aksaray 

Aksaray is built at the base of Mt. Hasan, on a large plain at a central crossing point for roads leading in all directions.  It derives its name from the Cappadocian King, Archelaos and was an important town especially in the Roman Period.




Ihlara Vadisi  Ihlara Canyon 

This valley is situated 40km from Aksaray and can be reached making a turn at the 11th km of the Aksaray-Nevsehir road. 

The canyon was created by the cracking and collapsing which occurred as a result of basalt and andesite lava from Mt. Hasandag’s eruption. 




Selime-Güzelyurt  Selime-Guzelyurt 

Selime is situated at the end of the Ihlara Canyon.  Fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside, and a basilica style cathedral, the Seljuk tomb of Selime Sultan, whom the town was named after, a hollowed out citadel and...




Gümüşler Manastırı  Gumusler Monastery 

This is a monastery church carved from the rock in Gumusler,  8km to the northeast of Nigde, 4 km from the Nigde-Kayseri road.  This 10th century monastery is entered via a vaulted door.




Derinkuyu  Derinkuyu 

Derinkuyu is situated 29km from Nevsehir, on the road to Nigde. The settlement is approximately 85m deep.  It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground settlement (stables, cellars, refectories, churches, wineries etc.).





This underground settlement which is located in the centre of the village of Ozluce, the ancient name of which was Zile, is on the Nevsehir-Derinkuyu road, 6 km south of the 
town of Kaymakli. 




Özkonak  Ozkonak 

This underground settlement is in the center of the town of Ozkonak, 14 km north of Avanos and hollowed out into the west slopes of the Idis Dagi ,where the tufa layers are mainly found.




Özlüce  Ozluce 

Ozluce Underground settlement is different from the others in terms of its geological formation and architectural features. The underground settlement has tufa of different colors.






The village of Tatlarin, located 10 km north of the town of Acigol, is one of the interesting places in Cappadocia because of both its underground settlement and churches and the architecture of its houses.




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