UCHISAR CASTLE CAPPADOCIA

Uchisar Kalesi, or Uchisar Castle is located in the village of Uchisar, between Nevsehir and Goreme roads. With its geostrategic position and commanding view from atop the hill, this magnificent fortress offers visitors a dreamy panorama of the area’s miraculous landscape. The castle’s splendid surroundings provide fantastic hues of red on Mt. Erciyes at sunset, serene and refreshing valleys, and a rainbow of colors created by the land and sky.

As the highest point and crown jewel of Cappadocia, Uchisar Castle covers a vast area. It takes about 120 steps to reach the summit of this glorious fortress.

Visitors to Uchisar Castle can also explore the souvenir shops, boutique hotels carved into the rocks, and other valuable masterpieces in the area, such as Pigeon Valley, Kaymakl─▒ Underground City, Goreme Open Air Museum, and the famous Fairy Chimneys.

Today, Uchisar Fortress is well-known as a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985 and was also placed under preservation as a National Park in 1986.

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HISTORY
The history of Uchisar Castle dates back to the Ottoman period and even earlier to the Roman (Byzantine) era. During the Eastern Roman period, between the 15th and 16th centuries, this natural fortress was used as a defense mechanism to prevent attacks from enemies. The castle was especially used as a warning system, where guards could easily send messages using lights and mirrors whenever there was a problem.

Later on, due to its geopolitical position, Uchisar Kalesi became a main control center for trade routes like the Royal Road and Silk Road during the periods of the Persians and Seljuks.

During the Ottoman period, the castle was once again a main location for protection and maintenance. As a result, many homes were built around the castle. When there was an invasion from enemies, local people could easily escape to the fortress to protect themselves.

ARCHITECTURE

Uchisar Castle boasts an amazing and breathtaking architectural style. It features a cave with three special ways, a huge joint hall, and a guardian room. The road to the cave is covered with stones, and the castle also contains passages, although some of them were filled with rubble over time. Additionally, the castle includes secret tunnels with a honeycombed structure that were built by locals to hide from warriors. However, these tunnels are very narrow, which has led to many legends about their origins. One of these stories suggests that dwarfs once lived there and built the tunnels to their size.

Today, after undergoing many renovations, the castle is illuminated with LED lights, creating a perfect lighting system. When you gaze upon it, you feel transported to a magical place.

At Tour Maker Turkey, we specialize in providing unique and unforgettable travel experiences for our clients. Our tours to Uchisar Castle and the surrounding Cappadocia region are the perfect way to explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of this fascinating destination.

Our expert guides will take you on a journey through time, showcasing the rich history of Uchisar Castle from the Roman and Ottoman periods to its current status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have the opportunity to explore the castle’s cave and secret tunnels, learn about the legends surrounding the area, and take in the stunning panoramic views from atop the fortress.

VISITING UCHISAR CASTLE WITH TOUR MAKER TURKEY

Beyond Uchisar Kalesi, our tours of Cappadocia will take you to some of the region’s other most iconic sites, including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pigeon Valley. You will witness the incredible fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, and otherworldly landscapes that make Cappadocia such a unique and unforgettable destination.

With Tour Maker Turkey, you will also have the chance to experience the local culture and cuisine of Cappadocia, with visits to traditional villages, markets, and restaurants. You can try your hand at traditional pottery-making or take a hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape.

Our tours are fully customizable to suit your preferences and schedule, with options for private or group tours, and accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to boutique cave hotels.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the magic of Uchisar Castle and Cappadocia with Tour Maker Turkey. Contact us today to start planning your dream trip to Turkey.