Uchisar Castle – Highest Point of Cappadocia
Highest point of Cappadocia where is known as Uchisar is located at the highest point in Cappadocia, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 5 km from Goreme. The top of the Uchisar Castle, provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance.
Uchisar Castle is the highest peak in the Cappadocia region except the volcanoes and the most prominent land formation. A climb up the 120 steps to the summit of the fortress is a logical introduction to the rocky scapes of Cappadocia. Starting from the 1st century, Romans, Byzantines, Selcuks and Ottomans took advantage of the natural elevation of three of the area’s rock formations and used them as natural fortresses.
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The fairy chimneys to the west, east and arctic of Uchisar were biconcave out and acclimated as graves during the Roman period. Central these bedrock cut tombs, the entrances of which about face west, are klines or bedrock slabs on which the bodies were laid. Many bedrock cut churches accept been apparent not alone on the skirts of the alcazar but aswell central it. The acumen for this may be the actuality that Goreme, accepting numoreus churches and monasteries, is actual abutting to Uchisar. The simple Byzantine graves on top of Uchisar the alcazar are not actual absorbing due to the actuality that they accept been breakable and ransacked. It is said that in towns with citadels, e.g. Uchisar, Ortahisar and Ürgüp (Bashisar), continued aegis tunnels accomplished far into the surrounding areas. However, back the tunnels accept burst in places, this approach cannot be confirmed, but is a accepted allegory as to the abundant distances