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We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and start our full day Cappadocia tour. Pick up time is between 09:00 and 09:30, depends on your hotel. The tour starts with visiting Mustafapaşa Village, an old Greek village which is famous for its beautiful arehiteeture, where the warrens of grottos are hidden behind statuesque neo-clasical façades. It’s former name during the Ottoman Empire was Sinassos (“city of the sun”), and it was one of the largest Greek settlements in Cappadocia until the beginning of the 20®️ century. Throughout the region the town is knovvn for the ornate carved stonework of its houses. The next stop is Keşiik Monastery, which is consist of 3 churches, refectory, sleeping and living quarters that were carved out of the rock.
The monastery is known as one of the rare Iconoclastic examples of Cappadocia frescoes and it was used in Byzantine Era until the end of Ottoman Empire. Then we will continue to Taşkınpaşa, a typical Cappadocian village, where we will visit Taşkınpaşa Medrese (theological school) and an antiquated mosque, both built in a classical Seljuk style. The Medrese was built by the Karamanids, a 14lh century dynasty in Konya, that dominated this part of Anatolia for almost 250 years. in Taşkınpaşa Village we will have our lunch.
After the lunch break our tour will continue to Sobessos Ancient City, the only late-Roman/early-Byzantine settlement in Cappadocia. İt is originally a Roman settlement from the 4lh century AD. We will visit the excavation site where you will be able to see, among other typical Roman buildings, a 400 m2 meeting hail, the main attraction of which is the beautiful mosaic flooring. By sightseeing the excavation site you will realize how finding Roman ruins of this sophistication provides evidence that there is still a lot we don’t know about the history of Cappadocia. İt is known that Christians were for the most part hiding from Roman soldiers, but there has never been any evidence of a fuli-scale Roman settlement here.
After visiting the excavation site we will proceed to Soğanlı Valley, a deep valley with interesting hiking trails. Soğanlı was önce the third largest monastic çenter in the area and hosts many cave churches and monasteries, most of which are from the period between 9lh and 13* century. Soğanlı is famous for its worldwide known dolls that have become the Symbol of the village. We will spend the afternoon hiking through the valley, enjoying the beautiful and untouched nature.