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Cappadocia Urgup

Urgup, one of Cappadocia’s oldest settlements


Ürgüp lies 20 kilometers east of Nevşehir, and is another of Cappadocia’s oldest and most important settlements. Up until 1924 a large part of its population consisted of Orthodox Greeks. Named Osiana during the Byzantine Era, in later years it was named after the Christian Saint Prokopios, who was born and died here. After falling under Seljuk dominion in the eleventh century, it took the name Başhisar, and it is home to two tombs dating to the Seljuk Era. The one named Altı Kapılı, [with Six Doors] is the tomb of a noblewoman and her daughter. The tomb named Kılıçaslan is located on the hilltop of Temenni Tepesi overlooking the town. During the nineteenth century Ürgüp, renowned today as one one of Cappadocia’s most important centers of tourism, was famed in Central Anatolia for its libraries, mosques, churches, fountains and intellectual life.


Cappadocia Urgup