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Treasures of Karun

Ihlara Valley

The Melendiz River, at Ihlara Valley, has eroded the banks into an impressive canyon. Byzantine rock chapels covered with frescoes pierce the canyon walls. Some of the best known are the Agcalti (Daniel) Church, the Yilanli (Apocalypse) Church and the Sumbullu (Hyacinth)Church.

Guzelyurt is another valley with dwellings dating from prehistoric times. You can see the beautiful silhouette of Mt. Hasan rising like a crown above the town. The valley's underground cities, buildings carved into the rock, interesting vernacular architecture, churches, chapels and mosques embody all of the characteristics of Cappadocia and give visitors a sense of historical continuity. A popular tourist destination, Guzelyurt's hospitable residents, extensive accommodations and restaurants ensure a pleasant stay. The rest area of Evren by the Hirfanli Dam Lake offers fish restaurants, a beach and swimming.
Ihlara valley


This site prepared by Tayfun Kalyoncu on 28.02.1997 and last updated on 01.05.1999.
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