Uchisar is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 5 km from Goreme. The top of the Uchisar Castle, provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance.
Many rooms hollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. At the entrances of the rooms, there are millstone doors, just like the ones in the underground settlements, used to control access to these places. Due to the erosion in places of this multi-leveled castle, it is unfortunately not possible to reach all the rooms.
Side note: my legs are destroyed.
The remains of the Zelve monastery complex are located on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1 km from Paşa Bağlari and 10 km out from Göreme on the Avanos road. Zelve does not have the rich frescoes of Göreme and other Cappadocian locations. Zelve is spread out over three valleys, of which two are connected by a tunnel. The complex contains innumerable rooms and passages which also house many pointed fairy chimneys with large stems, at about 40 feet above the valley floor.
Zelve, though recently uninhabited, was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. Christians moved to Zelve during the Persian and Arab invasions.
Cappadocia's first seminaries to train priests are located here at the monastery. Dating back to the early years of monastery life in Zelve is the Direkli Church. Direkli is located at the bottom of the slope. The main decorations are iconoclastic-doctrine high relief crosses. These churches date to the pre-iconoclastic period.
You may be asking, 'why is the mihrab not centered against the back wall under the windows?' ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihrab))
Well, the Sophia wasn't always a mosque. It was originally built as a christian patriarchal basilica from 537-1453, (yes, it was also a roman catholic cathedral from 1206-1261), then a mosque from 1453 to 1931. The mihrab was added upon conversion to mosque, and it precisely faces Mecca and the Kaaba, hence its seemingly unsymmetrical yet precise placement.
1931 - present day, it is a gorgeous museum.
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