Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kayseri

Museum of Seljuk Civilisation

This excellent museum is set in the restored Çifte Medrese, a 13th-century twin hospital and seminary built at the bequest of Seljuk sultan Keyhüsrev I and his sister Gevher Nesibe Sultan and thought to be one of th…
Museum in Kayseri

Archaeological Museum

Kayseri's small archaeological museum is a minor magpie's nest, featuring finds from nearby Kültepe (ancient Kanesh, chief city of the Hatti people and the first Hittite capital). Other exhibits include a stunning s…
Museum in Kayseri

Güpgüpoğlu Konağı

Ignore the scruffy mannequin-inhabited dioramas and instead feast your eyes on the glorious interior of painted wooden wall-panels and ceilings. The building dates from the 15th century and Mamluk architectural infl…
Castle in Kayseri

Kayseri Castle

The monumental black-basalt walls of Kayseri castle were first constructed under the Roman emperor Gordian III and rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor Justinian 300 years later. The imposing edifice you see today thoug…
Church in Kayseri

Surup Krikor Lusavoriç Kilise

The 19th-century Surup Krikor Lusavoriç Kilise is one of Anatolia's few remaining Armenian churches. Its domed interior, complete with dilapidated frescoes and three gilded altars, provides a glimpse of the prominen…
Architecture in Kayseri

Tarihi Kayseri Mahallesi

Kayseri spent years bulldozing away the dilapidated old neighbourhoods in the central city so that shiny, modern towers could rise up in their place but this project is an example of the major U-turn in thinking tha…
Historic Building in Kayseri

Mahperi Hunat Hatun Complex

The austere and stately Mahperi Hunat Hatun complex is one of Kayseri's finest Seljuk monuments, built in the 13th century during the reign of Sultan Alaattin Keykubat. It comprises the Hunat Hatun Medresesi, with i…
Museum in Kayseri

Ahi Evran Zaviyesi

The gloomy interior of this 13th-century technical school for artisans and craftspeople is great to poke about in. It's crammed with a jumble sale–style delight of dusty exhibits from calligraphy to metalwork, and a…
Mosque in Kayseri

Ulu Cami

Kayseri's Ulu Cami (grand mosque) was begun in 1142 by the Danışmend Turkish emirs and finished by the Seljuks in 1205. Despite all the 'restoration' over the centuries, it's still a good example of early Seljuk sty…
Islamic Site in Kayseri

Sahabiye Medresesi

This Seljuk theological school dates from 1268. Today its courtyard is a cafe with the surrounding rooms used as bookshops. Its richly decorated doorway with stalactite detailing is particularly notable.