Central Anatolia Sights



Soğanlı Valleys

Soğanlı Valleys Review

These two scenic wooded valleys that form a V shape were home to a monastic community during Byzantine times, and there are hundreds of rock dwellings and churches cut into the cliffs. The northern, or "upper," valley (on the right-hand side), has most of the churches, while the southern, or "lower," valley is noteworthy for its many dovecotes. In the former, a path follows a little stream past enormous, house-size boulders and comes to churches including the Karabaş Kilisesi ("Church of the Black Head") and Yılanlı (Snake) Church, with extensive frescoes that have been badly damaged by graffiti. The two-story Kubbeli (Domed) Church has an unusual rock-cut cylindrical dome, reminiscent of medieval Armenian churches. If you're lucky enough to come on a day when there are no tour groups, you'll practically be on your own. Climb up the cliff face and you'll be rewarded with incredible views.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Soğanlı Köyü Yolu,
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: 5 TL
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
  • Location: Ihlara Valley
Updated: 11-21-2013

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