Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ihlara Valley in Aksaray- part 1

27th April 2015

During our second day of our fascinating trip we also visited Ihlara Valley in Aksaray. Thje landscape is fantastic and honestly I can say it is a masterpiece of God.... or aliens who knows. But it is of course the wonder of nature..




The shop next to the road..

I have never been to Grand Canion in the US but it reminds me it..

Ihlara is a township with own municipality in Aksaray Province, Central Anatolia, Turkey. It is situated at about 40 km (25 mi) from the province seat of Aksaray and near the town of Güzelyurt. The township is famed for the nearby valley of the same name,Ihlara Valley, which is a 16 km (10 mi) long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. The Melendiz Stream flows through the valley.


















We have met a lot of people from Europe..


What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period built by the Cappadocian Greeks. These local people were forced to leave the area and move to Greece in the 1923 Population exchange between Turkey and Greece.
Due the valley's plentiful supply of water and hidden places, here was the first settlement of the first Christians escaping from Roman soldiers. In the Ihlara Valley there are hundreds of old churches in the volcanic rock caves. The most known churches are Ağaçaltı Church with cross plan, Sümbüllü Church, Pürenliseki Church, Kokar Church, Yilanli Church, Karagedik Church, Kirkdamatli Church, Direkli Church, Ala Church, Kemerli Church and Egritas Church.

11 comments:

  1. a neat area! love the rugged terrain and the history is quite interesting.

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  2. Maybe it is not as deep as the Grand Canyon, but it would be a good alternative to see.

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    1. Andrew, definitely it is a great option to visit it

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  3. The rocks look interesting.
    What is that person selling?

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    1. She was selling hanmade carpets and jewellery.

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  4. An interesting place with rich history. Love the rugged surface and the trees by the river.

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  5. It's interesting that people lived and made churches in the rock. Nice photos.

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