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Cappadocia Uchisar

Uçhisar is situated at the highest point in the region, on the Nevsehir-Göreme road, just 7 km from Nevşehir. It is not known when Uçhisar was first inhabited, however, in style, it resembles Ortahisar as well as Selime Castle in the Ihlara Region.


The top of the citidel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Many rooms hollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. In all the entrances to the rooms, there are millstone doors, just like ones in the underground cities, used to control access to these places. Due to the erosion in places of the multi-leveled castle, it is unfortunately not possible to reach all of the rooms.


The fairy chimneys to the west, east and north of Uçhisar were hollowed out and used as a graves during the Roman Period. Inside these rock cut tombs, the entrances of which generally face west, are klines or stone slabs on which the bodies were laid. Many rock cut churches have been discovered not only on the skirts of the castle but also inside it.



Cappadocia Uchisar