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Introducing Cappadocia

A breathtaking and major tourist destination in Turkey, Cappadocia seems particularly like a place from an Utopian world altogether because of its tremendous rocks and honeycombed slopes. Underneath the rough territory of Cappadocia, there are a few underground urban areas (cities) settled together — thirty-six cities in total! Named as a world legacy site by UNESCO, the Goreme Open Air Museum has thirty or more chapels and churches. The beautiful landscape below and favorable flying conditions of Cappadocia makes it the perfect destination for an amazing hot balloon rides.

 

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Best Time to Visit

Since Turkey encounters sweltering summers and cold winters, spring and fall seasons as a matter of course demonstrate to be the best time to visit Cappadocia. The months from April to May and from September to mid-November encounter charming climate that is ideal for touring in Cappadocia, and furthermore for other outside exercises, for example, climbing. It is best to stay away from the months from July to September as vacationer footfall increment extensively amid this time, making the places of interest in Cappadocia packed and convenience and transport costly. In the event that you visit amid the off-season, you can even profit limits at inns and resorts that would somehow or another be estimated at out of this world rates.
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History & Culture

The district of Cappadocia, known as Hatti amid the later piece of the Bronze Age, was led by the Hittite power. Be that as it may, after the decay of the Hittite Empire, it went under the control of primitive masters. Nonetheless, since the laborers were abused, they later acknowledged the standard of the incomparable Persian lord, Darius. Significantly Alexander the Great attempted to control this district, yet a Persian named Ariarathes figured out how to assume control as the ruler. In AD 17 after Cappadocia turned into a Roman area, the district developed regarding exchange, trade, and urban settlements. Later on, Cappadocia turned into a place where individuals from everywhere throughout the world who were censured for their religious beliefs took protect. The district in this manner saw an inquisitive blend of different social and customary practices. The incredible cleric of Caesarea, Basilius, impacted the general population to lead a devout way of life that proceeded for the following a huge number of years till rehashed remote attacks from Turkmenistan and later on from Seljuks and the Ottomans finished the training.

Cappadocia is acclaimed for its Sufi move frame called 'spinning dervishes' that was essentially conceptualized in Konya around seven hundred years back by Rumi, the popular Persian writer. It is trusted that the turning development empowers the holy people to rise above out of their common bodies and come nearer to God. The word 'dervish' is adjusted from the Arabic word 'darwish' which signifies 'Sufi'. While in Cappadocia, endeavor to get hold of the stunning ceramics made in Hittite-style and that are mostly found in Avanos, arranged very close to Cappadocia. Voyagers ought to likewise attempt Testi Kebab or Pottery Kebab where vegetables and meat are cooked in a mud pot that is fixed with batter. Cappadocia is a prime wine-creating area of Turkey, and there are a few wineries where you can taste the rich neighborhood wines.

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Geography

Cappadocia is an exemplification of Mother Nature's miracles and the geology, with tremendous sedimentary rocks, slopes and stones. Situated in central Anatolia, the area is described by the nearness of a level with an elevation of around 1000 m. The level is punctured by a few volcanic crests, of which Mount Erciyes is the tallest (with an elevation of 12847 ft). Toward the south lies the Taurus Mountains and toward the west, there is Lycaonia and Galatia. Cappadocia is circumscribed by the upper Euphrates in the east.
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Places to visit in Cappadocia

 

Things to Do in Cappadocia

Ride on hot air balloon
Flying in hot air balloon in Cappadocia should be in top of your bucket list. A rocky landscape of Cappadocia is very own fairytale kingdom. It is considered as the center of hot air balloon in Turkey. Having invested most in this area Cappadocia hosts thousands of local and foreign tourists. Hot air balloons are weather dependents and may be cancelled if the weather is inappropriate. 
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horse riding tours
Cappadocia is known as the “Land of beautiful horses” and it is an ideal place to explore horseback. Horses have significantly held a different place in the history of Cappadocia. So, well away from the crowds, explore the fascinating valleys and breathtaking vistas around Goreme during 2 or 4 hour trail. You will travel through some amazing valleys, like: Swords Valley, Love Valley, Rose Valley, and Meskendir Valley. Also ride amongst the orchards of almonds, walnuts, apricots, and much more. 
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The Zelve Open-Air Museum, which once housed one of the biggest networks in the area, is a stunning cavern town, honeycombed with homes, religious and common chambers. Zelve is arranged around 10 km out from Goreme on the Avanos Street. Here, the Christians and Muslims lived respectively in flawless congruity, until 1924. The three Valleys in Zelve open air museum which contains the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture and religious paintings.
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Visitors are flocking to a tourist attraction which has been dubbed “love valley”. The famous region of Cappadocia has seen an influx of tourists travelling by hot air balloon to check out phallic shaped pillars. This valley is undoubtedly a beautiful place to visit as every morning before sunrise hundreds of hot air balloon rise in to air above Cappadocia, each holding around a dozen of passengers. This site is definitely worth the visit. 
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kaymalti  underground city
It is the wildest, enchanting and the most famous and wonderful underground city in Cappadocia. Kaymakli people built this splendid underground city around their homes for security reasons. The versatile location, interestingly holds cultural values of Cappadocia which includes sitting places, storage rooms, churches, kitchen, and furthermore it also contains ventilation holes and main chimneys which are the perfect system providing the communication between all the floors. 
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Dervish Show
The whirling dervishes are a Turkish experience that may come to Turkey wanting to see, it is truly amazing performance to witness. This excursion is not like other Turkish nights which are offered in Cappadocia. The whirling dance or Sufi spinning is a piece of a formal service known as Sema. It has its source in the motivation of Mevlana Celaleddin-I Rumi (1207 - 1273) who was a Dervish himself.
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Amidst the lamps
The town of Goreme is ideal for budget travelers heading to Cappadocia because everything you need is there and you can easily walk everywhere. It also boasts some incredible shops and strolling past their windows and even wandering in for a closer look is one of the best free things to do in Cappadocia. From Amazing carpets to stunning lamps and amazing leather goods it is literally heaven for shopaholics. So what are you waiting for? Go grab it!! 
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pottery house in Avanos
When you pass the mansion which dates to the early 1900’s and centre of Avanos, the pottery workshops begin to appear. Majorly known by the locals these workshops always strive to keep the pottery tradition alive today. Avanos is now known as the sole centre of pottery- making in all Cappadocia. And today at Avanos there are 200 workshops and you would be indeed lucky to find even hundreds master who are registered with local chambers of potter. 
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