Must-see attractions in Cappadocia

  • Monastery Valley

    Cappadocia

    Follow Zafer Caddesi to the old bridge at the end of the village to head out into this small valley studded with fairy chimneys. There are four rock…

  • Saruhan

    Cappadocia

    Built in 1249, and restored in the late 1980s, the small, Seljuk-built Saruhan has an elaborately carved entrance gateway topped by muqarnas (tiered,…

  • Nevşehir Museum

    Cappadocia

    This tiny museum is housed in an ugly building 1km from the centre. The collection includes a surprisingly good archaeological room with Phrygian, Hittite…

  • Hacıbektaş Archaeological Museum

    Cappadocia

    This surprisingly good museum on the main road contains a large collection of ceramics from the Chalcolithic era up to the Iron Age, including pieces from…

  • Sobesos

    Cappadocia

    This Roman-era site is signposted off the main route heading to Soğanlı, right after the entry to Şahinefendi village. A walkway leads past various…

  • Culture Folk Museum

    Cappadocia

    On the main square, near Ortahisar's castle, the Culture Folk Museum is a good place to get to grips with the basics of local culture. In the dioramas,…

  • Taşkınpaşa Mosque

    Cappadocia

    The village of Taşkınpaşa, on the road to Soğanlı, some 7km south of Keşlik Monastery, takes its name from its 600-year-old Seljuk mosque. It's usually…

  • Rahibeler Monastery

    Göreme

    Downhill from the Sandal Church, the cordoned-off Rahibeler Monastery was originally several storeys high. It's thought that this building served as a…

  • Aksaray Museum

    Cappadocia

    Well, you certainly won't have problems finding this massive museum en route from the otogar (bus station) along the main road to Aksaray centre. The…

  • Medrese

    Cappadocia

    Between Sinasos Meydanı and Cumhuriyet Meydanı is a 19th-century medrese (seminary) with a finely carved portal. The stone columns on either side of the…

  • Ağzıkara Hanı

    Cappadocia

    The Ağzıkara Hanı, 16km northeast of Aksaray, was built between 1231 and 1239. From Aksaray a taxi will charge about ₺60 for the run there and back. You…

  • Eğritaş Kilise

    Cappadocia

    Hardly anyone bothers to go to the Eğritaş Kilise, which is a shame because although the frescoes covering its half-collapsed, barrel-vaulted chapel are…

  • Kömürlü Kilisesi

    Cappadocia

    This church is next door to the Kalburlu Kilisesi in Monastery Valley. Note the entrance with its finely carved lintel and Maltese crosses.

  • Gök Kilise

    Cappadocia

    The Gök Kilise is just to the left of the Tokalı Kilise. It has twin naves separated by columns and ending in apses. The double frieze of saints is badly…

  • Süngür Bey Cami

    Cappadocia

    Süngür Bey Cami, on a terrace at the end of the marketplace, is a curious blend of architectural styles; it was first built by the Seljuks and restored by…

  • Eğri Minare

    Cappadocia

    Built in 1236 and leaning at an angle of 27 degrees, the curious Eğri Minare in the older part of Aksaray is, inevitably, known to locals as the 'Turkish…

  • Karanlık Kale Kilisesi

    Cappadocia

    This monastery structure includes a chapel with a dramatic carved, cross-patterned ceiling and pillared chambers with geometric red and white decoration…

  • Ulu Cami

    Cappadocia

    The Ulu Cami has decoration characteristic of the post–Seljuk Beylik period. A little of the original yellow stone remains in the grand doorway.

  • Alaeddin Cami

    Cappadocia

    The Seljuk Alaeddin Cami (1223), on the hill crowned with the much-restored remains of Niğde's fortress, is the town's grandest mosque.

  • Dışarı Cami

    Cappadocia

    This Ottoman-era mosque is an excellent landmark to get your bearings by in central Niğde.

  • Hüdavend Hatun Türbesi

    Cappadocia

    This tomb dates to 1312 and is one of many fine Seljuk-era tombs that dot central Niğde.

  • Temenni Wishing Hill

    Ürgüp

    Home to a saint's tomb and a cafe, this viewpoint has 360-degree views over Ürgüp.

  • Ürgüp Museum

    Ürgüp

    This dusty, rather neglected small museum features some 10-million-year-old tusks from a forerunner of the elephant, unearthed at Mustafapaşa, but the…

  • Mosque

    Ürgüp

    Ürgüp's mosque is an excellent landmark to get your bearings from, right in the centre of town.