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Ulu Mosque (Karamanoglu Mosque, Center)


It is written on the inscription of the mosque on an accumulated hill that it was constructed by Architect Mehmet Firuz Bey on the order of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey between 1408 and 1409. The most important characteristic of the mosque, which is a typical piece of Karamanoğlu art is its pulpit which is constructed from ebony, as a masterpiece of the art of woodwork of Seljuk period.


Egri Minaret (Red Minaret, Center)


Belonging to Seljuk period, the minaret is thought to be constructed between the 1221 and 1236 years. It is also known as Red Minaret as it is made up of red bricks.


Church Mosque (Saint Gregorius Church) (Guzelyurt)


The mosque in the Güzelyurt provincial center reflects the pieces of art of Christianity period and has a great importance for Orthodox society. It was constructed in 385 A. D. in the plan of closed cross. The bell tower of the church, which was afterwards modified with various additions and repairs, was converted into a minaret and the church was turned into a mosque.


Saint Anargiros Church (Guzelyurt)


It is at the Güzelyurt provincial center. The church was finally repaired in 1884. It is understood from the date 1887 on its dome that it was constructed three years after repair of the frescos. Today, there are people who are coming for pilgrimage from Vatican City.
On the 1st of November, which is the religious day of Saint Anargiros, patients organize a great ceremony in the church and pray till the morning.


Castle Monastery Church (Selime)


The church is one of the biggest religious organizations in Cappadocia. The monastery dates back between VIIIth and XIVth century or Xth century, and the figured frescos within the church date back between the end of Xth and beginning of XIth century. There are the depictions of Jesus Christ rising to the sky, Herald and Virgin Mary.


Antique Nora Viransehir (Helvandere Borough)


This small town, established 30 kilometers south of Aksaray, at the skirts of Mount Hasan, was among the important settlements of the Roman and Byzantium periods. There are the ruins of lots of churches within the town. The structures which have still survived till today belong to the Byzantium period. Although these churches are partially demolished, various frescos still attract attention.


Kokar Church (Ihlara)


The subject matters on the frescos dating back to the end of the IXth century or the second half of the XIth century are pretty rich. The descriptions such as the Last Supper, Crucifixion, Burial of the Messiah, Ascending to Sky, Duties of the Apostles reflect the integrity in subject matter from time to time, which is very interesting. The adornments within two grave chambers of the church are the first samples made with red paint.


Egritas Church (Ihlara)


It is mentioned in an inscription on the east wall that the church, understood as a huge temple and one of the oldest structures of the valley was dedicated to Virgin Mary. Though damaged, the frescos on which there are the descriptions of Jesus Christ sitting between two angels, Virgin Mary between two angels and six bishops, dream of the Prophet Joseph, Escape to Egypt, Baptism, Entrance to Jerusalem still attracts attention with its very colorful and vivid paints.


Yilanli Church (Ihlara)


The narrow cross branches at north and south surround the central place adorned with an embroidered cross on its ceiling. There are descriptions such as Crucified Jesus Christ, Entrance to Jerusalem, Burial of the Egyptian Virgin Mary, Visit.


Saint Georges Church (Kirkdamalti Church, Belisirma)


It is the highest church in the region, and is thought to be constructed between 1283 and 1295 years. The inscription of the church encircles all over the church. All the subjects narrated in the Holy Bible and the picture of Seljuk Sultan, Mesud II are depicted on the frescoes of the church.
Taptuk Emre Village and Tomb (Taptuk Emre Village), Yunus Emre Mausoleum (Ortakoy - Resadiye Village), Selime Sultan Mausoleum (Selime Village), Selime Cathedral (Selime), Yuksek Church (Center), Kizil Church (Sivrihisar), Agacalti Church (Daniel, Pantanossa, Ihlara), Purenli Seki Church (Ihlara), Sumbullu Church (Ihlara), Bahattin Samanligi Church (Belisirma), Direkli Church (Belisirma), Ala Church (Belisirma), Karagedik Church (Belisirma) are among the other spectacular works in the region.