Ihlara Valley

The Ihlara valley is number one in Cappadocia when it comes to spectacular scenery. It’s removed a little from the rest of the Cappadocian sites it can be a little tricky to get to but it’s worth a full day if you can spare one. Ihlara Valley is 100 km south-west of Cappadocia.


It is best to see the underground city (sakli kent) first coming from Cappodica to see the Ihlara Valley. The gorge is 16 km long and both sides are lined with rock carved churches, about 100 in all. The gorge was carved in basalt columns by the river. It is the best hiding places during early Christianity when the religion was prohibited by the Romans, in the valley each hole is either a church or a house.

The most known churches here are Agacalti Church with cross plan, Sumbullu Church, Purenliseki Church, Kokar Church, Yilanli Church, Karagedik Church, Kirkdamatli Church, Direkli Church, Ala Church, Kemerli Church and Egritas Church.

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