Cappadocia Blue Tour continues to Mustafapaşa village, an old Greek village famous for its nice looking architecture. During the Ottoman Empire, its former name Sinassos (solar city) was one of the largest Greek settlements in Cappadocia until the beginning of the 20th century.
The area is famous for the ornate carved stonework of the houses. The other stop is Keşlik Monastery, which consists of 3 churches, refectory, sleeping and living areas carved from the rock.
The monastery is known as one of the rare iconoclastic examples of Cappadocia frescoes and was used during the Byzantine period to the last period of the Ottoman Empire.
Then we will continue to Taşkınpaşa, the village of Cappadocia. Here we will visit the Taşkınpaşa Madrasa (Theological School) and an old mosque, both built in classical Seljuk style.
The madrasa is the 14th in Konya, which has dominated this part of Anatolia for about 250 years.it was built by the karamanids, a century-old dynasty. We’ll have lunch in Taşkınpaşa village.
After a lunch break, our tour will be the ancient city of Sobessos, the only late Roman/early Byzantine settlement in Cappadocia.
Ad 4. it is a Roman settlement dating from the century. Unlike other typical Roman buildings, we will visit the excavation site, where you can see a 400 m2 meeting room, which is the main attraction.
By visiting the excavation site, you will realize that finding Roman remains of this complexity is a lot that we still don’t know about the history of Cappadocia. Christians are known to hide from Roman soldiers. However, no evidence of a full-scale Roman settlement has been found here.
After visiting the excavation site, we will continue to the Soğanlı Valley, a deep valley with hiking trails that you will not see anywhere else.
Soğanlı was once the third largest monastic center of the region, and most of it 9. and 13th it was home to many cave churches and monasteries over the centuries. Soğanlı is famous for its world famous dolls, which have become the symbol of the village. Walking in the valley in the afternoon, we will enjoy the beautiful and untouched nature.
Our tour will end after our visit to the Mazı underground city, where we will descend to the center of the Earth, exploring the underground city of Cappadocia, which has a capacity of about 4,000 people.
This city is about 20 meters deep and includes rooms established in this underground city (kitchens, warehouses, living quarters, wine cellars, church). Return to your hotel is approximately between 18: 00 and 18:30.
- Ortahisar Panorama
- Mustafapaşa (Ancient Greek Village)
- Keşlik Monastery
- Ancient Sobessos City (Roman Mosaics)
- Soğanlı Valley
- Mazi Underground City