Central Anatolia Sights



Uçhisar Kalesi (Uçhisar Castle)

Uçhisar Kalesi (Uçhisar Castle) Review

Uçhisar Kalesi is not so much a "castle," as its Turkish name implies, but the highest fairy chimney in Cappadocia. It was used as a fortress in the late Byzantine and early Ottoman periods, and later inhabited by the locals. The striking formation is riddled with rock-cut dwellings, giving it a Swiss-cheese look, but it was evacuated in the 1960s when erosion put everything in danger of collapse and the structure was declared a disaster zone (residents were moved to safer homes in the shadow of the giant rock). There's a great view of the town and the valleys from the top—though you'll have to have to do a good bit of climbing to get there—and it's a beautiful spot from which to watch the sunset.

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  • Address: Near center of town, Uçhisar, 50240 | Map It
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: 5 TL
  • Hours: Summer, daily 6 am–10 pm; winter, 8–4:30
  • Location: Uçhisar
Updated: 11-21-2013

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