Goreme National Park

Goreme National Park in Turkey's Cappadocia Region presents a landscape appearing more out of a movie set than reality - it fact, it served as the other-worldly location where Luke Skywalker was raised in the first "Star Wars" film. But the spectacular backdrop, completely sculpted over time by erosion, is indeed real. The rough rock sanctuaries offer a look at the post-iconoclastic period via Byzantine art found throughout the complex. The Troglodyte community (cave-dwellers) built a vast complex of towns underground complete with family homes. These remains, UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, are determined to have been built during the 4th century and today, are (impressively) intact and open for viewing. 

Cappadocia Churches

Cappadocia Churches

Cappadocia Churches

The initial signs of Goreme’s monastic lives date back to the 4th century. In addition to the unusual and magnificent landscape are many significant Byzantine churches created by the anchoritic people and reflecting the long history of religious-based art from the era. Monastic life within the community was significant, beginning in the 3rd and 4th century. Remains of chapels, churches, monks' alcoves and cells, and dining halls are evident throughout and are each adorned with vibrant religious frescoes. Many stay in the area’s cave hotels to enjoy extended vacations at Goreme National Park. The largest of these churches is Church of the Buckle (Tolkali Kilise). It features 9th century, provincial-style frescoes, frescoes from the 11th century, and also frescoes depicting the life of Jesus, the twelve apostles, and the saints.

Goreme Village & Cave Hotels

Goreme Village & Cave Hotels

Goreme Village & Cave Hotels

Goreme Village in Goreme National Park comprises valleys with globally renowned rock formations of Cappadocia, cone-shaped rocks carved out over centuries via eroding volcanic stone called Fairy Chimneys. The incredible network is located In Nevsehir, just four hours southeast of Ankara and three hours south of Adana. The most significant attractions include Yusuf Koc, Ortahane, Durmus Kadir, and the Bezirhane chapels and churches. The pigeon houses and home that are carved directly into the conical rocks in town are also some of the largest attractions.

Staying in one of the dozens of cave hotels in Goreme National Park is an ideal way to set the tone for exploring. Village hotels range from simple accommodations to some of the most modern and luxurious dwellings in town. The homes within the rock formations have been transformed into hotel rooms complete with modern bathrooms, comfortable beds, and extras such as fireplaces and swimming pools. All hotels in the village are within walking distance of cave homes, churches, houses, castles, sculptures, tombs, and stone mines.

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