Goreme Panorama, The most magnificent landscape around Göreme has been formed from its solidified lava streams, its ash and tuff stone, all dating from Neocene period. It is criss-crossed by deep valleys formed by heavy erosion. This veritable lunar landscape distinguishes itself by its extensive geological formations. The highly typical morphological structures of Cappadocia are the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones.
Keshlik Monastery, This monastery complex, situated in a paradise-like green valley, contains the Church of the Archangel, the Chapel of Saint Stephen, a huge dining area, living quarters and a pool of sacred water. The monks and their guests could hide from danger in a room secured by two mill-stone doors, and a secret passage and spy-hole next to this room would have allowed one of the senior members of the monastic order to secretly listen in on their conversations! The Church of the Archangel is one of the few cave churches to have been used by the local population into the twentieth century.
Sobessos, a newly discovered archaeological site, with excavations still underway, that once was a wealthy Roman-Byzantine city. We are all very excited as nothing so big has ever been found in this region before. The remains of a church, tombs, a bath and Roman mosaics have already been uncovered.
Sahin Efendi, an authentic Central Anatolian village at the foot of a table mountain where you can see villagers carrying out their daily chores around their homes and in their fields. Nowadays, the villagers support their traditional lifestyle by growing potatoes, garlic, squash (for seeds), and clover (for animal feed), as well as many types of fruit and nuts. They store their harvest in huge caves at the foot of the mountain. Both men and women in the village usually wear their traditional shalvar (baggy trousers) which are not just practical but comfortable, too. The Church of the Forty Martyrs, situated in a rock pinnacle, is interesting to visit, and this once again links this region to its Byzantine past.
Soganli Valley, enter 10 different churches with reasonably well preserved wall paintings dating from the 10th to the 13th centuries. The locally made doll is the emblem of the village, but this symbol originated from a tragic event. A local woman lost her baby and, unable to cope emotionally, made a rag doll to take its place. Later on, the women of the village developed the art of making these dolls while their men were out on the mountains grazing their animals. A Soganli doll is a must for every doll collection.
Lunch in Soganli Valley, experience the different types of Turkish foods including the Sac Tava.
Taskinpasa, takes its name from the Turkish philosopher, Tashun, who taught in the now ruined local Medrese (Madrasa or Islamic High School). The Medrese building and the nearby mosque and tombs are some of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in the district. The village houses follow the traditional plan with stables on the ground floor to keep the upper rooms warm.
Mustafapasa, known as Sinasos where originally Turks and Greeks lived side by side, and the sound of church bells mingled with the call to prayer from the mosque. old stone Greek houses rich in decoratively carved symbols are not to be missed. It’s still possible to walk into some buildings which have the original paintings on the walls, and the town is home to the remains of the largest concentration of modern churches in the region. The Byzantine Greeks left the village during the exchange of populations agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne, and the incoming Turks took over their houses.