Aksaray, Turkey

Aksaray is a center in the Cappadocia region. The province has many things to show in addition to wonderful surroundings. There are important historical buildings from Seljuk times, mostly from the 14th century, such as the Ulu Mosque and the Kizil (Egri) Minaret. The brickwork of the Kizil Minaret is elaborate. The Sultanhan caravanserai built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat is well-preserved and the Agzikarahan Caravanserai is the second most important and famous monument from the Seljuk period. Aksaray possesses the most frequently visited regions of Cappadocia, displaying natural beauties mingled with the pages of history. Viransehir (Nora), which was the military center of the Byzantines and the Romans because of its strategic position, carries historical remains from Roman and Byzantine times. Ihlara is a 14 km-long fascinating canyon, formed by the Melendiz River. In this valley can be found Byzantine rock chapels cut into the canyon walls and decorated with frescoes. Of these chapels the Agacalti (Daniel) Church, the Yilanli (Apocalypse) Church, the Sumbullu (Hyacinth) Church, the Purenliseki Church, and St. Georges Church are the most interesting. In the Guzelyurt valley, there are dwellings from the prehistoric periods and they are in an underground city form. In addition to these there are chapels and buildings carved into the rock. The Manastir valley, and the Sivisli Church, one of the most interesting churches in the area, are the other attractive places. Near these sites, you will also find guest houses, restaurants and good hotels.