CAPPADOCIA – AVANOS – (CHAPTER 1)

A special Cappadocian Nevşehir Turkey holiday where history and culture meet.
  • What is the Cappadocia (Nevşehir)?

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Aksaray, and Niğde Provinces in Turkey.

Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.

  • Places to visit Cappadocia (Nevşehir)
1- Avanos 6- Kaymakli Underground City
2- Göreme 7- Derinkuyu Underground City
3- Uçhisar 8- Ihlara Valley
4- Ürgüp
5- Ortahisar
  • About All Places of Avanos – Cappadocia (Nevşehir)

AVANOS

1 – Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir)

Zelve is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1 KM from Paşabağları (Monks’ Valley) and 5 KM from Avanos. The ruins at Zelve are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems like the ones in Üçhisar, Göreme, Çavuşin, it is not known when the rock dwellings in Zelve were first inhabited but ıs was an important settlement and religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries. The first seminaries for priests were established here. 

In the 1. valley of Zelve takes place the Seten used in the production of cracked wheat (Bulghur), Balıklı and Üzümlü church of pre-iconoclastic era, in its east takes place the winery. In the 2. valley taking place, rock-cut caves and the holy cross church side by side the tunnel about 30M between the 2. and 3. valley connects the two valleys to each other.

In the 3. valley takes place the village square and the village mosque the most. The significant feature of the third valley is the monastery complex carved in a dome-shaped. The pigeon ornaments carved at high hillsides in this valley adds additional value to the ruins location, at the egress point of the valley just at the bottom edge of the hillside takes place Direkli Church belonging to the early years of monastery life. The valley settled in until 1952 has been abandoned due to erosion.

On the valley inhabited until 1952, there are other residence places, tunnels linking two valleys, a mill, a mosque and pigeonries besides monastery and churches.

Registered to the world heritage list in 1985.

  •  What are The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) opening hours?

The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) Summer Season: Between April 15th – October 2nd.

The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) is open daily from 8 am to 6.15 pm.

The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) Winter Season: Between October 3rd – April 14th.

The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) is open daily from 8 am to 4.15 pm.

  • How much does it cost to enter The Zelve Valley (Avanos-Nevşehir)?

The Zelve Valley: 15 TL

  • The Zelve Valley (Avanos – Nevşehir) of Touristic Map

  • How do I get to Zelve Valley Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address AYDINLI DISTRICT, YAVUZ ST, NO:1
AKTEPE VILLAGE, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


2 – Paşabağı (Avanos – Nevşehir)

Pasabagi is situated between the Goreme and Avanos road. This breath-taking valley is famous for its having wonderful landscape and the best various collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. With this aspect, it reminds of the people’s mind that the fascinating place looks like the museum of fairy chimneys. Also, its extraordinary scene creates a metaphysical world by relaxing the spirit of visitors.

In the beginning, Pasabagi Valley was named as ”Monks Valley”. This name come from a mystic story about a monk; according to rumors, in the 4th century, there was a monk named St. Simeon who was well known by locals with his performing many miracles. Every day, the numerous people visited him to see his magic which this situation eventually disturbed the monk. Therefore, he escaped to today’s Pasabagi Valley in order to retire and live a spiritual lifestyle as a hermit in the cell located on this glorious valley. he started to live at the top of a 2m high column and later moved to one 15 m in height. From there he only went down sometimes to get food and drink brought by his apostles. We visit Pasabag and see St. Simeon Church and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.

  • How do I get to Paşabağ Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address ZELVE WAY ÇAVUŞİN VILLAGE, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


3 – Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley – Avanos – Nevşehir)

Devrent Valley, which is also known as Imaginary Valley and also as Pink Valley does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. There are no Roman castles or Roman tombs in Devrent Valley, either. Actually, it was never inhabited. So what makes it so famous? The lunar landscape!

Devrent Valley (also spelled as Dervent Valley) reveals many different rock formations and is only a 10-minute drive from Goreme. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Some of the most important, or the easiest seen animal shapes are camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. If you let your imagination run free you will find many others. It is like looking at clouds and seeing a dragon. There is even a rock pillar which looks like Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ.

  • How do I get to Devrent Valley Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address DEVRENT WAY, AKTEPE VILLAGE, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


4 – Özkonak Underground Town (Avanos – Nevşehir)

Underground towns, one of the most interesting assets among the cultural heritage of the region, are carved out of the relatively soft tufa. The main reason of existence for these towns was to provide refuge during the recurring threat by the invading armies. These underground towns are easily accessible from the corresponding towns above. There are living quarters, grannaries, stable, wine cellars, shrines, all clustered around the ventilation shafts, and wells to make life easier underground.

All these were connected with a labyrinth of tunnels where strategically located large round stone slabs standing upright in special cavities in the walls could be rolled to block the passage.

In Özkonak Underground town, micro-tunnels were used to communicate between different floors. Similar tube passages helped defence of the Roll-On gates enabling defenders to pour hot oil on the intruders. Registered to the world heritage list in 1985. The town was opened to visitors in 1990.

  • How much does it cost to enter Özkonak Underground Town (Avanos – Nevşehir)?

The cost to enter Özkonak Underground Town: 15 TL

  • How do I get to Özkonak Underground Town Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address ÖZKONAK UNDERGROUND TOWN WAY, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


5 – Chez Galip Hair Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir)

Regarded as one of the weirdest museums in the world, the Hair Museum of Avanos, in Cappadocia, is definitely a must-see if you’re into bizarre tourist sport. 

Ever since 3000 BC, Avanos has been known for its high-quality earthenware, made from the mineral-rich mud of the Red River, but in recent years, the town has mostly been mentioned in relation to a unique hair museum created by skilled Turkish potter Chez Galip. The unusual establishment, located under Galip’s pottery shop, is filled with hair samples from over 16.000 women. The walls, ceiling, and all other surfaces, except the floor, are covered with looks of hair from the different women who have visited this place, and pieces of paper with addresses on them.

The story goes that the museum was started over 30 years ago when one of Galip’s friends had to leave Avanos, and he was very sad. To leave him something to remember her by, the woman cut a piece of her hair and gave it to the potter. Since then, the women who visited his place and heard the story gave him a piece of their hair their complete address. Throughout the years, he has amassed an impressive collection of over 16.000 differently colored locks of hair, from women all around the world.

Twice a year, in June and December, the first customer who comes in Chez Galip’s shop is invited down into the Hair Museum to choose ten winners off the walls. These lucky ten will receive an all-expenses-paid week-long vacation in beautiful Cappadocia, where they will get to participate in his pottery workshops, for free. This is the artist’s way to give back to the women that helped him create the unique which bring in new customers every day. 

The Hair Museum doesn’t have an entry charge, and women don’t have to donate their hair, but if they wish to do so, scissors, sellotape, pens, paper, and drawing pins are provided.

  •  What are The Chez Galip Hair Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir) opening hours?

The Chez Galip Hair Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir) is open to visits between 08:30 and 19:30 every day.

  • How much does it cost to enter The Chez Galip Hair Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir)?

Free

  • How do I get to Chez Galip Hair Museum Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address YUKARI DISTRICT, 110 ST, NO:24, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Web https://www.chezgalip.com/
Location MAP (CLICK)


6 – Güray Museum (Modern Art Museum Avanos – Nevşehir)

Located in Cappadocia, one of the most outstanding cultural, historical, and natural world heritage sites, Avanos has earn edits reputation as a center of pottery since the time of the Hittites. A rich history dating back to centuries ago and the traditional craft of pottery that has passed down through generation sare the unique characteristics of this old town. All in all, visitors from all parts of the world had been pointing out the lack of a museum that would display the historical development of this traditional craft. Taking this into account, we have decided to establish a museum, as part of one of our social and cultural responsibilities, to fulfill this necessity and bestow a valuable gift upon the next generations. Incorporating also the contemporary and traditional artwork of world-renown Turkish sculptors into our existing collection, we have been able to present the historical development of the art of ceramics.  

In line with these purposes, the Güray Museum was founded in the district of Avanos on the basis of contemporary museology concepts. The museum consists of a variety of exhibition halls, recreational facilities, and other service units carved out of rocks 20m under the ground surface and spreads out over an area of 1600m². It’s the world’s first and only underground museum of ceramics in respect to its architectural structure and concept.

The museum has a rich collection of terracotta artworks, as well as, small findings, and consists of three major sections.

Antique Works Hall A

Modern Works Hall

Art Gallery

Open year-round, the museum provides the visitors with a wonderful museum experience during daytime and serves as an excellent venue with its mystical atmosphere for private organizations such as seminars, symposiums, cocktails, The Sema performances and concerts during nighttime. The building can accommodate up to 400 people for these activities. Under the large dome in the center of the hall of the antique collection is a platform, which serves as a stage for these organizations. The platform can be raised 1m high and spins around when needed. Additionally, the kitchen of the museum can be used for conserving, cooking and serving purposes.

  • What are Güray Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir) opening hours?

Güray Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir) is open to visits;

Every day,

between 1 April– 31 October; 9 am to 7 pm,

between 1 November – 31 March; 9 am to 6 pm.

  • How much does it cost to enter Güray Museum (Avanos – Nevşehir)?

The cost to enter Güray Museum: 10 TL

  • How do I get to Güray Museum Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address YENİ DISTRICT, DEREYAMANLI AVE, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Web http://www.guraymuze.com/
Location MAP (CLICK)


7 – Avanos Chain Bridge ( Avanos – Nevşehir)

Historical Bridge in Avanos, Turkey. The Chain Bridge was designed only for pedestrians. It was opened in 1973 and 180m in length. The bridge offers joyful moments for visitors often swaying like a swing and also offering picturesque views of Avanos and Red River.

 

  • How do I get to Avanos Chain Bridge Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address YUKARI DISTRICT, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


8 – Güllüdere (St. Agathangelus) Church (Avanos – Nevşehir)

Güllüdere (St. Agathangelus) Church 2km from the village of Çavuşin. Running between Göreme and Çavuşin are the lovely Güllüdere (Rose Valley), the best options for those who would like to walk amid the Cappadocian scenery but who don’t walk to embark on too tough a trek.

  • How do I get to Güllüdere (St. Agathangelus) Church Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address ÇAVUŞİN VILLAGE, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


9 – Balkh Church (Belha Avanos – Nevşehir)

  • How do I get to Balkh Church Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address ÖZKONAK, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)


10 – Dereyamanlı Church (Avanos – Nevşehir)

  • How do I get to Dereyamanlı Church Avanos – Nevşehir? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

BY GOOGLE

Address YUKARI DISTRICT, AVANOS, NEVŞEHİR
Location MAP (CLICK)

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