General Information About Cappadocia – Getting to Know Cappadocia

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Cappadocia… the Persian name “Kappa Tuchia” which means “The land of beautiful Horses”

Cappadocia is situated in the middle of Turkey, in central Antolia and offers outstanding landscape, natural beauties, fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses, the picturesque valleys, scenic lunar hills, incredible monuments from the Goreme Open Air Museum to Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Devrent Imagination Valley and Pasabag Monks Valley and more…

The secret of Cappadocia is hidden with the geographical formations dating back to 60 million years. The smooth layers formed by the lava and ashes spewed out from the Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Gulludag has become rocky formations first and than corroded with the rain and wind for million years and finally showed up today’s geographic formations.

Today’s formations in the region that can easily be carved, so called fairy chimneys by locals, allow the inhabitants make rock-cut cave houses and underground cities and has become a real shelter during the repressive eras.

The region is mostly known by the three popular towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar but actualy it is the name of the very big region spread through the cities of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri.

So we can say that Cappadocia can be considered as “Five Cities, One Cappadocia”

The narrowed rocky region of Cappadocia include; Uchisar, Urgup, Avanos, Goreme, Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Ihlara and surrounding areas…

Cappadocia is situated about 3 hours drive from capital Ankara. There is an airport in Gulsehir town, the Cappadocia Airport, and there are flights to Cappadocia Airport from Istanbul and Antalya.