Places of Interest in Aksaray
In the fairy land of Cappadocia , Aksaray promises a joyful travel beyond dreams. Ihlara Valley , faith tourism sports, underground cities, the stops on the historical Silk Road , Lake Tuz, Mount Hasan, ancient sites, and spa centers are just some of the riches of your travel.
Ihlara Valley - a 14 kms-long fascinating canyon.
Ihlara Valley is a 16 km long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia.Through the valley flows Melendiz Stream. This valley is famous with the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period.Because of the valley's structure it was the first settlement place of the first Christians escaping from the Roman soldiers.So there are hundreds of churches caved in the volcanic rocks.
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Mount Hasan - With an altitude of 3268 m, it is an important centre for mountaineering , summer migration, forestry retreats , adventure sports , skiing and cultural tourism .
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Güzelyurt Village - setting for many religions and civilizations - Hittites, Persians, Cappadocia Kingdom, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans and Turkish Republic.
Guzelyurt and its environs bring togother all that is special about Cappadocia. The Monastery valley, 5,5 km long, is bordered on both sides by high rocks, ice covered in willow trees and a river runs through it. Within there are many churches, rock cut residences and settlements, both above and below ground.
several churches converted to mosques,
and a dramatic setting beneath the snow-capped summit of Mount Hasan.
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Lake Tuz (Salt Lake) - Turkey's second largest lake makes
Aksaray an ideal centre for photo safari.
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Selime - the land of fairy chimneys in Aksaray
Situated 28 km from Aksaray , Selime is a town that was established at the end of the Ihlara Valley.
In the town, there are fairy chimneys and rock cut churches here of which the most important
is known as the Selime Cathedral.
Underground Cities in Aksaray
The latest underground city which was discovered in 2007 is in Gaziemir, Güzelyurt.
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Ancient Sites and Excavations
Aşıklıhöyük (Aşıklı Mound) : It is 25 km to the southeast of Aksaray. There have been ongoing archaeological
rescue excavations since 1989. The first civilisations of Aşıklı date back to 8000 B.C. Aşıklıhöyük is known
as one of the oldest 'first village settlements' of Anatolia and the Near East and is also one of the most
important ancient sites belonging to the Neolithic Period.The people who lived in Aşıklı were the first to
cultivate types of wheat, barley and lentil. They were also intensively occupied with hunting.
It has been established that the earliest known brain operation (trepanation) was carried out on a young
woman of Aşıklı. And there have been found signs of the first ever autopsy found on the jawbone of another
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Acemhöyük (Acem Mound) : It is 15 km to the northwest of Aksaray. The mound was first inhibited in 3000
B.C and lived its most glorious period in the years 2000 to 1750 B.C. The mound has been systematically
excavated since 1962. As a result of the excavations, a large palace and depository belonging to the
Assyrian Trade colonies period has come to light. Also there have been found beak-mouthed vases, seals
The Stops on the historical Silk Road
The historical silk road started in China and extended as far as Genoa, that is to say all the way to Europe,
passing through Central Asia, Iran and Anatolia. Along it can be found various resting places.
There are hans (inn) and caravanserais along an east west axis through Anatolia. In the Seljuk Period
these were built at 20 km intervals, a day's journey, to provide food, water, protection and security for
travellers and traders route. These hans and caravanserais are considered amongst the best examples of
'Seljuk Architectural Art'.
In Aksaray, dating from that period there are still four standing of these remarkable buildings.
These are Sultanhan, Ağzıkarahan, Öresinhan and Alayhan.
Spa Centers - Thermal Springs in Aksaray