TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Soganli valley is 55 km far from Goreme. It collapsed and settled during earthquakes and these dips got deeper with natural effects, formed valleys and plateaus as the consequence of such natural phenomena.

There are thousands of carved bird aviaries, caves and shelter in addition to some churches and monasteries along the Soganli valley. This captivating scene combined with the mild effects of the colorful trees on both sides of valley coerces the limits of another time.

The major churches in the Soganli valley are Karabas, Yilanli, Kubbeli St. Barbara (Tahtali).

Kubbeli (the domed) church was formed by carving into a chimney rock. It reveals a characteristic architecture with its vaults and apse. Kubbeli (the domed) church is of great importance in that it is one of the fine examples of its kind due to the carving made outside the rocks.

The St. Barbara Church, which was supposed to be built in the 10th century, is located at the end of the valley. This church, which is also called Tahtali (wooden) church, has a single apse and a barrel vault.

Authentic hand-made linen dolls produced in Soganli and its surrounding have attracted the attention of the tourists visiting the area and this has already become an industry.

Settlements in this area took place during the Roman times. The Romans used the stone conies on the slopes of the valley as graveyards and the Byzantine as churches. Church frescos in styles, dates back to the 9th and 13th centuries.

Sobessos ancient city of the Romans is a very tiny excavation site. However, being the only Roman settlement in the volcanic nature of Cappadocia makes it unique. The area was considered an Early Christian burial site until the mosaics of the city hall were unearthed by treasure hunters. Further researches in the area showed us a trade center, Roman bath complex and the whole city hall of Sobessos.

Keslik Monastery awaits you on the way from Sobessos to Mustafapasa. This little monastery houses 3 churches, refectories, storages, baptism pool and stables used by a little number of Christians. It was abandoned by the Greek community living in the area around 1920s. 

Last stop before sunset is Mustafapasa. This beautiful old Greek village was called Sinassos until the population exchange in 1920s. The Turks left behind as well as the new comers from Greece took well care of the Greek houses which reflect the late Christian prosperity. Sinassos is located on 3 valleys and each valley hides beautiful old Greek Houses with nice wooden doors. Some houses have impressive paintings and majority of them are small boutique hotels with a warm home environment. Old town square is surrounded by cafes and restaurants because the Madrassah and the old hotel of the town are used as a Vocational Collage at the moment. 

Highlights;
– Fairy Chimneys
– The greek village Mustafapasa
– Taskinpasa Theological school
– Sobesos Roman Ancient City
– Soganli Valley
– Wine chambers of Kocabag

Regular group tour days : N/A
Private tour days : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday