Tourists flock to Selime Cathedral, the entrance gate of Ihlara Valley



Tourists flock to Selime Cathedral, the entrance gate of Ihlara Valley

Selime Cathedral, which is home to Hittite, Assyrian, Persian, Roman and Byzantine in Aksaray, which is the entrance gate of Cappadocia, continues to be the center of attention of local and foreign tourists.

Selime Cathedral, located in Aksaray, the beginning of Cappadocia, became a frequent destination for domestic and foreign tourists after the pandemic transition period. Selime Cathedral, the largest cathedral of Cappadocia, started to host local and foreign tourists.
The cathedral, which hosted Hittite, Assyrian, Persian, Roman and Byzantine in the past, welcomes local and foreign tourists with its carved fairy chimneys and monastery.
Selime Cathedral, which preserves its historical texture, continues to host the Orthodox faith. According to the Orthodox faith, foreign tourists visiting the cathedral examine the way of life of the people who lived in the cathedral in the past, while domestic tourists get information about the lives they lead. In the Selime Cathedral, which houses the monastery where clergy were trained in the past, some Orthodox also perform their prayers according to their beliefs.
Local and foreign tourists, who are welcomed by the teams of the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, are toured with guides. Other historical places of Aksaray, known as the pearl of Cappadocia, are also recommended during the tour, where information about Selime Cathedral and Aksaray is told.
Burhanettin Ayça (42), who came from Ankara to visit the cathedral, said, “We came from Ankara. We are traveling with children. We visited Ihlara Valley and then we visited this place. We make comments about the past. How did they live here, what happened?
Burak Coşkuner (27) came to visit Selime Cathedral from his hotel in Nevşehir and said, “We came here with my wife. Normally we stay in a hotel in Nevşehir. We came to see Selime Monastery, the beginning of Cappadocia. We toured the whole place in amazement. Many questions arose in our minds. How did people live here in the past? How did they create these structures? How did they continue their lives after creating here? It is difficult for him to even walk,” he said.


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