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Land Of Beautiful Horses


Although horses will not capture your attention any more but Cappadocia means the land of beautiful horses and has a unique historical and cultural background.  The Cappadocia region is generally regarded as the plains and mountain regions of eastern central Anatolia, around the reaches of the River Kizlirmak (Red River), to the Black Sea.  Several ancient roads ran through this area, allowing for cross cultural contact.  It is this contact that caused the creation of many underground cities to help people forced into religious exile.

The underground cities of Cappadocia have several things in common, including; rooms for food storage, kitchens, stables, wine or oil presses and shafts for ventilation.

Cappadocia’s history dates back to the Bronze age and was the Hittite power centre of Hattusa.  There were several exchanges of power, from the Mushki, Assyrians, Phrygians, Lydians and finally the Roman Empire took control of the area.  During the Roman and Byzantine rule, Cappadocia became a refuge place for Christians.  It is for this reason that Cappadocia contains several underground cities.  These cities flourished throughout the 4th and 11th century, when Cappadocia came under attack from Turkmenistan, Arabs, Mongolia, Seljuks and the Ottomans. 

Cappadocia slowly lost its importance in Anatolia, until a French Priest rediscovered the churches in 1907. In 1985 this spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period come to the attention of Unesco and the entire area has entered  Unesco Worl Heritage list on cultural and natural criterias which there are only a few locations in the world.   

Must See Places of Cappadocia  
- Goreme Open Air Museum
- Derinkuyu Underground City
- Kaymakli Umderground City
- Uchisar
- Devrent Valley
- Ihlara Valley
- Mınk's Valley
- Avanos   
Must Do's in Cappadocia
- Try to stay in a cave style boutique hotel
- Do try the local vine
- Eat the delicious pot kebap
- Have a baloon ride
- Hike through the valleys
- Go to Avanos to try pottery making
- Visit the local martkets
Alternative Sightseeing
- Have a day trip to Kayseri or Nevsehir
- Arrange tour to Konya the home of Mevlana     
 Goreme National Park and Rock Sites Of Cappadocia are inscribed  on the World Heritage     list since 1985     



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