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cappadocia
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  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Derinkuyu, the largest underground city of Cappadocia, consists of 12 floors according to the information available. However, the permission of visitors is up to the 8th floor. This depth goes down to about 50 meters underground. In Derinkuyu Underground City, where there are more than 50 water wells, there is a natural ventilation system that prevents pollution from clean water during wartime. Therefore, some chimneys have no connection with the earth. It is not possible for two people to move side by side due to the corridors and floors being quite narrow. The main reason for this is thought to be the need to quickly close the connection roads during the raid. This process is provided by round bolt stones that can not be opened from outside. Derinkuyu also inholds a church carved on its second floor and offers a different world where 50.000 people can live together. For further information and e-ticket please click here.  
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  • Ihlara Valley
  • Ihlara Valley is an impressive geological formation belonging to Aksaray province. Millions of years ago, it was formed by the erosion of the stream caused by the lava ejected as a result of the volcanic eruption in Hasandağı. The valley, which is about 18 km long, is one of the rare places that brings nature and art together with its natural vegetation and historical buildings. It has an average depth of 150 meters and a width of 200 meters. Ihlara Valley, where people lived in the past, is distinguished from other canyons in the world with this feature. The biggest reason why it is suitable for human life is that the Melendiz River gives life to the region. There are many churches from the past and living areas carved into the rocks.   To explore Ihlara Valley, where culture and civilization meet nature, you have to go down dozens of steps. After climbing down the steps, you will be listening to the flowing water and nature. Upon entering the depths of the valley, you can take a closer look at the chapels and the habitats inside the rocks. As the minutes pass, you will witness the strange energy of the valley that engulfs you to inspiration and makes you happy.   You can see Ihlara Valley in two different ways. The first is to watch the magnificent valley from the sky with a Balloon Tour from Cappadocia. The second is to embrace a wonderful adventure from beginning to the end with a full 18-kilometer hike.      
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  • Selime Monastery
  • Located in Selime Town at the end of Ihlara Valley, the monastery is the largest castle monastery in the region. Selime Cathedral was built on 2 floors to make the first Christians able to worship secretly. Carved into the rocks, the monastery was used both as a place of worship and as a fortress against attacks.   Selime Monastery is the cathedral where clergymen were raised and the first loud ritual was held. There are traces of Byzantine architecture in the cathedral which is surrounded by fairy chimneys. The castle, which was used in the Seljuk Period later, is known as the region where the greatest struggles were fought against the Mongol invasion in Anatolia. It is possible to see more than 100 carved structures only around the monastery.   There is also a kitchen and a courtyard built inside the cathedral. The frescoes of Christ ascension and the Virgin Mary are still visible today.   The Selime region also contained a market place in the past. Therefore, there is a way for the safety of caravans inside the monastery. Loaded camels were taken to the middle of the cathedral and taken under protection.  
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