Cappadocia is the area where Mother Nature painstakingly worked miracles that defy imagination and where the living elements of 10 million years of history, culture, art and the society are inextricably linked. Marvelous fairy chimneys and rock churches, Cappadocia covers an area of 4000 km2 and incorporates the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kirsehir & Kayseri while many people only think of the towns and vicinities of Uchisar, Goreme, Avanos, Urgup, underground cities and the Ihlara Valley. The fertile soil rich in minerals as the result of volcanic activities in the past concealed valleys and easily carved soft tufa that keeps the inside temperature almost constant attracted almost every tribe here since very early times. However, Cappadocia is well known with Christian settlements when they took shelter in the region 2000 years ago escaping from the Roman persecution. Due to its importance for the rebirth of Christianity, it is one of the most important biblical sites in the world. Cavusin Village was a center of Pilgrimage dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
WHAT ELSE IS AROUND CAPPADOCIA
Konya: is located in central Turkey and is the largest province in terms of land area. The city is also important from the historical aspect as St. Paul visited here and later Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi settled here and gained great importance throughout Selcuk and Ottoman reigns. He produced his world famous masterpiece Masnavi here and is the father of the”Mevlevi” sect.
Hattusa: One of the many UNESCO World heritage sites in Turkey which was the capital of the Hittite Empire. The ancient site was set in the loop of Red River which provided them with the highly plastic and also decorative red clay that was used to produce both religious and daily objects. The ruins of the city were discovered in 1906 and today it's well worth to visit the site which is in very good condition and the rock shrine at Yazilikaya (writings carved into rock), Grand Temple, Citadel, Lion's Gate, King's Gate and city walls are remarkable.