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Ihlara Valley with its Historical and Mythological Connections

Ihlara Valley is one of the most impressive and perhaps most tiring places in Cappadocia. This natural beauty attracts attention with its historical and mythological connections. Detailed information about the formation and mythological origins of the valley is given below.


The Melendiz Mirror, which helped Ihlara Valley take its current form, was called "Potamus Kapadukus", meaning Cappadocia River. You can hike in this narrow and deep valley, a distance of approximately 14 kilometers. The walking route in the valley, combined with the cool air of Melendiz Aynası, offers visitors a pleasant experience. According to historical sources, some of the churches in Ihlara Valley date back to the 10th century, and some date back to the 13th century.



Direkli Church (976-1025) and Prenli Seki Church (early 10th century - 12th century) are thought to date from these periods. It is also known that the Saint Georges Church dates back to 1283-1295.


These churches, along with other historical structures in the valley, offer visitors a unique experience. Mythologically, it is believed that the formation of Ihlara Valley was caused by the lava erupting from Hasan Mountain and the Melendiz Aynası deeply carving the ground floor. The depth of the valley reaches 120 meters in places and has a structure that looks like a canyon. This unique natural beauty fascinates visitors. Ihlara Valley has a mystical atmosphere with its historical and natural texture. The churches, monasteries and tombs carved into the rocks in the valley testify to the religious and cultural past of the region.


Additionally, the vegetation in the valley is also remarkable. Trees and gardens located on the edges of steep wall-like valleys manage to grow vigorously in every season. Ihlara Valley is one of the most important tourist attractions in Cappadocia. It is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year. The walking route in the valley offers an unforgettable experience to visitors who want to explore historical and mythological connections as well as natural beauties.

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