Aksaray region was an important stopover along the Silk Road that crossed through Anatolia for centuries and the city of Aksaray has a long history. Today Aksaray is a quiet mid-size city.
Ihlara Valley and the other tourist attractions of Cappadocia are close.
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The natural beauty of Aksaray is one of its main attractions. One of the most spectacular sights is the Hasan Mountains, which was formed from an ancient volcano. At a height of 3200 meters, it is a hotspot for trekking and mountaineering.
The lava flowing from the Hasan Mountains cooled down and formed a beautiful Canyon with its breaks and splits in the Ihlara Valley, which is about 40 kilometers from Aksaray. The Melendiz brook flows through this valley. The valley reaches a height of almost 150 meters at some places. You will find many churches, shelters and tombs engraved into the rock surfaces of the valley. Some of these shelters and churches are connected to each other by means of many underground tunnels.
In and around Aksaray there are many museums and ancient cities that you should visit. The Aksaray museum was founded in 1969 in the Zinciriye Medressi, a building existing from the Karamanogullari period in the 14th century. Many archeological and ethnographic works of art are displayed here.
At the Viransehir Nora town you can see historical remains from Roman and Byzantine periods. Viransehir Nora was once an important military base because of its strategic location. There are some partially damaged churches where you can still see the wonderful frescoes of the times.