Çavuşin Old Village Ruins


Carved into Çavuşin's craggy cliff face is a labyrinthine complex of abandoned houses that you can wander through by climbing up the short cliff path that leads upwards from the village's tiny old mosque. The timeless ambience has been lost somewhat due to the hotel that has been slapped right in the middle of the ruins, but there's still plenty to explore and the views from the summit are excellent.

If you're walking through the valleys from Göreme, head through Çavuşin's cemetery into the village and turn right at the new mosque. From here it's a short stroll to the old mosque and the cliff path. If you're coming by dolmuş, get off at Çavuşin Kilisesi on the highway, and walk up the main road through the village until you get to the new mosque.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cappadocia attractions

1. Church of St John the Baptist

0.04 MILES

Right at the top of Çavuşin's village ruins rock outcrop is the Church of St John the Baptist, one of the oldest churches in Cappadocia. While the…

2. Tarihi Ev

0.17 MILES

Mehmet Ali has thrown open the door of his old family home (which they moved out of in the 1970s) so that visitors can get a taste of what Cappadocian…

3. Çavuşin Kilisesi

0.49 MILES

Just off the highway on the northern edge of Çavuşin you'll find this church, accessed via a steep and rickety iron stairway. Cappadocia's first post…

4. Üç Haçlı Kilise

0.63 MILES

This church in Güllüdere (Rose) Valley features a well-preserved carved ceiling relief as well as some rather damaged frescoes. To find it, head north…

5. Güllüdere (Rose) Valley


The trails that loop around Güllüdere Vadısı (Rose Valley) are easily accessible to all levels of walkers and provide some of the finest fairy-chimney…

6. Haçlı Kilise

0.93 MILES

This church, entered via a rickety wooden staircase, has frescoes dating to the 9th century on its apse and a ceiling carved with a spectacular large…

7. Kolonlu Kilise

0.94 MILES

Within Güllüdere (Rose) Valley, this church is easily missed as it's carved out of a nondescript rock facade. Once inside though, the nave is notable for…

8. Paşabağı

1.01 MILES

This small valley, halfway along the turn-off road to Zelve, has a three-headed rock formation and some of Cappadocia's most famous examples of basalt…