Route For Winter; Cappadocia


“Who comes Turkey don’t leave without visiting Cappadocia  !” said Mr. Christopher..

Mr. Christopher who prefers us as “Crystal Hotels” for holiday accomodations  and we have listened the exploring in Turkey.  According to his saying “Who comess Turkey don’t leave without visiting Cappadocia  !”  we would like to share Cappadocia on our blog.

Hotels belonged to Crystal Hotels Group with the regions they are located  at the centres of population reflecting the nature and cultural heritage.At Cappadocia which people built underground houses thousands years ago we would like to serve as a hotel cosy like home for you in your winter route .

Crystal Kaymaklı Hotel& Spa is a place like perching silently to the eternal time depth.

Cappadocia is among  the most special destinations in Turkey.With its impressive structures ,fairy chimneys and  history :”Cappadocia is  work of ashes ,rain and wind”.   

Soft layers composed of the lavas and the ashes of Erciyes, Hasandağı and Güllüdağ (The mountains are in this region)  back from 60 millions years have been dancing with rain and wind for million of years.Cappadocia ,the wonder of geology, is an art of ashes,rain and wind. 

Extending the first Paleolithic settlements, Cappadocia and later inhabited by the Hittites were the most important centers of Christianity.The houses and the churches became the shelters for the Christians who ran away from the pressure of the Roman Empire .

Cappadocia  shelterer of nature and history bear the  traces of several civilzations.Houses and churces were carved in to the fairy chimneys ,occuring as a result of geological phenomenons.  It is among the crossroads of Silk Road,carried a big significance for trading nations , throughout history .With the collapse of  the Hittite Empire young   Hittite Kings ,carried the traces of Assyria and Phrygia , established their dominations in the region. These kingdoms lasted until the Persian invasion in B.C. 6th century  .


“Country Of Beautiful Horses”

The name used today “Cappadocia” has the meaning of “Country Of Beautiful Horses” in Persian language in history. In B.C. 332  Persian was defeated by Alexander The Great  but he faced the resistance of Cappadocia. After the events Cappadocia Kingdom was established and at the end of B.C. 3th century Romans gained dominance of the region.In the middle of B.C. 1st century the decisions of accessions and dethronements belonged to Roman generals .In A.D. 17 according to the death of last Cappadocia king region became one of the states of   Roman .With coming of Christians to Cappadocia the region became a center of education  and thought  for them. In this period the pressures to Christians increased quitely . Cappadocia was thought as an ideal region to proselytize Christianity .The shelters, they carved into the rocks, became the shelters of Roman soldiers.

After the IV century it was the period when the people known as the  “Fathers of Cappadocia “ gain dominance.After the icons banned by Leon III  Cappadocia region became more important. Iconoclasm movement lasted between the years of 726-843 gave a chance to the people who were at the side of icons could worship comfortably there.  Monasteries developed  quitely in this region at this period.

Finally Anatolia,extending from Armenia to Cappadocia and the area where Christians settled down ,faced to the Arab invasion.  In this situation while many refugee people were living in Cappadocia   ,they changed the styles of  churces. Then  the region passing into hands of Seljuks after that it underwent a smooth period of Ottoman domination .
Christians ,living in the region, abandoned the region between 1924-26  and left beautiful architectural works their behind.

You Must Add To List Of Things To Do ! 

Traditional Cappadocian houses and dovecotes ,carved into the rocks ,express the uniqueness of the region. They were built of rocks or ashlar stones. Avanos, Urgup, Goreme, Akvadi, Uchisar and Ortahisar Castles, El Nazar Church, Aynalı Church, Guvercinlik Valley, Derinkuyu, Kaymaklı, Özkonak Underground Cities, Ihlara  Valley ,Selime village, Cavuşin Güllüdere Valley, Paşabağ-Zelve are almost open museum  in Cappadocia .


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