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Museum in Hacıbektaş

Hacıbektaş Veli Museum

Right in Hacıbektaş' centre is this tranquil dervish dergah (lodge), now a museum as well as a place of pilgrimage for those of the Bektaşı faith. Several rooms are arranged as they might have been when the Bektaşı …
Church in Gülşehir

Church of St Jean

On the main highway into Gülşehir, just before the turn-off to the centre (another 500m further) is a signposted trail leading to the incredible 13th-century Church of St Jean. This two-levelled, rock-cut church is …
Monastery in Gülşehir

Open Palace

This fine rock-cut monastery complex has a cluster of churches, refectories, dormitories and a kitchen, all carved out of fairy chimneys and dating from the 6th and 7th centuries. It's signposted off the main Gülşeh…
Religious in Hacıbektaş

Hacı Bektaş Veli Festival

The annual Hacı Bektaş Veli pilgrimage and festival sees thousands of Alevis flooding into town and is a fascinating time to visit. The second and third days (August 17 and 18) are especially good with plenty of mus…
Museum in Hacıbektaş

Hacıbektaş Archaeological Museum

This surprisingly good museum contains a large collection of ceramics from the Chalcolithic Era up to the Iron Age, including pieces from the nearby Saluca Karahöyük archaeological site which has yielded finds datin…