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Uçhisar Castle

Enjoy the view from the summit and delve into the intricate homes, churches and passageways that lie below the surface of this honeycomb mountain. 

Uçhisar Castle is a large rock formation rising tall above the terrain like a giant anthill full of small, dark holes. It attracts visitors with its intriguing history and stunning panorama that includes the surrounding landscape and Mount Erciyes in the distance. Look for black holes indicating the entrances to abodes, tunnels and dovecotes crafted into the rock many centuries ago.

The ascent to the top of the honeycomb mountain is relatively tiring, so make sure to bring enough water. Climb the makeshift steps to the peak to admire the seemingly endless view of the town’s houses. Mount Erciyes looms over the residential area on the horizon. While you are atop the mountain, see the Byzantine graves that have survived the test of time.

The castle owes its honeycomb appearance to the hundreds of small holes for rooms in the soft rock. Rummage through the small tunnels and stairways that connect the rooms in this fascinating underground maze. Some of the rooms are now inaccessible due to continued erosion.

Learn about the people who lived in Uçhisar Castle. Notice small enclosures for pigeons where farmers collected their dropping for use as fertilizer. You will also encounter churches inside and around the castle.

The giant rock  must be seen in daylight hours. It has a reasonable admission price. Make sure to visit some of the other attractions in the area, such as Pigeon Valley, where the birds were kept as pets and messengers. 

Find Uçhisar Castle about 3 miles (4.8) kilometers down the road that leads from Göreme to Nevsehir. It is a 10-minute drive southwest from Göreme, which is in the center of the scenic Cappadocia region. Once in the area, it should be relatively easy to locate, because the natural giant dwarfs the surrounding terrain. You can also take a mini-bus to the castle, as they leave regularly from Göreme.


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Tekeli Mah No:1, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Cross Golf are also within 10 minutes.

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    Gedik Sok. No: 8, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pigeon Valley, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Love Valley and Ortahisar Castle. Goreme Open Air Museum and Zemi Valley are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Rox Cappadocia NZ$186
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        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Cross Golf are also within 15 minutes.

        Erenbey Cave Hotel NZ$71
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        19 Kazim Eren Sokak Orta Mahalle, Nevsehir, Göreme
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Roman Castle are also within 5 minutes.

          Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class NZ$395
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          Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class

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            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley. Ortahisar Castle and Goreme Open Air Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Kale Konak NZ$155
            Kale Konak

            Kale Konak

            Kale Sokak No:9, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Cross Golf are also within 15 minutes.

              Düven Hotel Cappadocia NZ$200
              Düven Hotel Cappadocia

              Düven Hotel Cappadocia

              Kesek Sokak No:5, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Cross Golf are also within 15 minutes.

                Aurora Cave Hotel
                Aurora Cave Hotel

                Aurora Cave Hotel

                Tekelli Mahallesi Kale sokak No 2, Uçhisar, Nevsehir
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Cross Golf are also within 15 minutes.