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Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley

The narrow, verdant valley at the bottom of this deep (100 m) gorge in southwest Cappadocia is a nature-lover’s delight. Hemmed in by rugged, steep cliffs Ihlara Valley is a lush Eden of tall poplar trees and fertile farming plots beside the babbling Melendiz River which runs for 14 km from Ihlara village to Selime village. During the Byzantine period, this was a favoured retreat for hermitic monk communities who carved churches and monastery complexes into the cliff face. The Kokar Kilise(Fragrant Church), Yılanlı Kilise (Snake Church) and Kirk Dam Altı Kilise (St George Church) are three of the best but there are plenty of others to see along the way. At Selime village, the craggy rock pinnacle of Selime Monastery is also worth a visit

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