Ready for a Historical Tour?
Goreme, the small town in Cappadocia, has been attracting a lot of attention lately, as a top spot for family holidays. Being situated in a historical part of Turkey, it has a fascinating history and there is so much to do and explore here. The name Goreme is quite unusual, and former ones include Korama, Matiana, Maccan or Machan, and Avcilar!
Here’s what you can do while visiting Goreme with family:
Goreme Open Air Museum
Originally a monastic settlement, and then a pilgrimage, it is one of Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and should definitely be on your list of places to see. Don’t forget to check out the Aziz Basil Şapeli, dedicated to Kayseri-born St Basil as a fitting tribute, considering he was one of Cappadocia’s most renowned saints. Children will love the depiction of Mary with baby Jesus in the main room at St. Basil. Visit the Karanlık Kilise, one of the most well-known churches here to see the beautiful frescos.
You can’t miss out on delicious Turkish cuisine made with simple, yet wholesome flavors from village recipes that tantalize your senses, and leave you asking for more. The restaurant exudes a rustic charm, which is highly appealing, with extraordinarily talented chefs who will more than satisfy your palate. You must try the hot bread served with meals – it truly reminds you of home away from home. Kids will enjoy the cave-like ambience.
Goreme is abundant with scenic beauty considering its location between “fairy chimney” rock structures. There are lovely trails around the Güllüdere Valley, which literally translates to Rose Valley. Please visit some of the quaint rock-cut churches, where you can see some interesting fresco and drawings etched into the stone.
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Did you know the landscape around Goreme is completely the work of Mother Nature? It has been amazingly carved by erosion, which is a natural environmental phenomenon. In the adjoining areas, rock-hewn sanctuaries have been discovered, which reflect huge influence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. You shouldn’t miss out on dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns that could be traced back as far as the 4th century.
If only history lessons were this interesting the classroom as your children wouldn’t face trouble concentrating! So what are you waiting for? Chalk out the schedule, map out a detailed itinerary and reserve your tickets right away.