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Central Anatolian Region, located in the center of Turkey, covers 19% of the total area of Turkey with its 151.000 km2 (62,548 sq mi) of land, it's the second largest region of Turkey after Eastern Anatolia. Central Anatolia offers an incredibly historical and diverse landscape dating back to a diverse array of civilizations. There are small and medium-size industrial facilities in Central Anatolia.

The Secret Valley • Balta's Place in Mustafapaşa

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Geheimes Tal • Balta's Ort

We decided to continue our journey. Balta’nın Yeri (Saklı Vadi), which is located near Mustafapaşa district (its old Greek name is Sinassos), waited for us. As we continued our journey with a car, it didn’t take long for us to realize why this place is called hidden valley.

Binbir Kilise (One Thousand Churches)

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Binbir Kilise (Eintausend Kirchen)

We left Karaman in direction to Kilbasan on an asphalted country road leading to Karapinar. At Dinek we turned to the left, just after passing the massive 2.288 metres high former volcano Karadag, again on a metalled but smaller road, in direction to Madensehir just 30 kilometres to the north of Karaman.

Taşkale – First Stop Next to Cappadocia

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Taşkale – im Vorhof von Kappadokien?

We are on the road from Karaman to Eregli on country road 350 as we turn to the right to direction Taşkale, a lovely nice little village in picturesque valley which belongs to Karaman about 40 kilometres away from the city.

Cappadocia’s handicrafts and pottery center Avanos

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Avanos - die Töpfer- und Keramikstadt

First of all, we stopped by Avanos, which is Cappadocia’s handicrafts and pottery center, for lunch. This is an underground rock restaurant. Although when I looked from the outside I did not like it, dining hall of the restaurant was authentic and attractive. The residences that carved by damp-proof white rock are common in this region.

Kayseri - Centre of Trade in Turkey

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Kayseri - das Handelszentrum am Erciyes

Kayseri (first name was Mazaka, later name was Caesarea) ist he capital city of the region of the same name in Cappadocia in Turkey of about 500.000 inhabitants. Kayseri is one of the very few capitals of TurkeyRead More which number of inhabitants is not increasing rapidly during the last years.

Karaman – The first of XC Paragliding Tour 2010

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Karaman – The first of XC Paragliding Tour 2010

On a Tuesday morning in the hot September season of Alanya, we took off to witness a few days of the internationally participated (Pal Takats, world champion in acrobatics, Mads Sydergaard, editor of Cross Country magazine, Olivier Laugero, world renown xcmag.com photographer, Fredegar Tommek, Fabrice Sibille) great sports event of paragliding shows in its first leg at Karaman.

Ankara Airport - Esenboğa International

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Esenboğa International Airport (IATA: ESB, ICAO: LTAC) Turkish: Ankara Esenboğa Havalimanı, is an airport in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It has been operating since 1955. The name of the airport comes from the village of Esenboğa, which literally means "healthy bull".

The visual feast of nature; Üzengi Valley

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Üzengi Tal - visueller Augenschmaus der Natur

If you keep going through the alleyway after passing the Karakuş facilities through the Mustafapaşa Road at the west of Ürgüp, after a while you can reach Üzengi Stream which runs in parallel to the valley and where the water level isn’t so high. The valley also has an entrance from the direction of Ortahisar.

Travelogues Beysehir, Egridir and Burdur

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Eflatun Pinari

Really wonderful landscapes when passing through the Taurus Mountains
During the main season or on a Turkish public holiday, when all the resorts are bursting at the seams, the lakes of Beysehir, Egridir and Burdur,Read Morelying just behind the mountain range, offer quietness and relaxation.

Pessinus and the Kybele ritual

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Pessinus is an ancient town in Phrygia (Asia Minor). Today it is called Ballihisar and is situated about 13 kilometres from Sivrihisar. It is said that this was the birthplace of the Kybele ritual.Read More In the centre of the holy area was a black meteorite which was taken to Rome in 205/4 B.C. 

Sivrihisar

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Sivrihisar (Spalya, or Justianopolis as it was called by the Romans) is an Anatolian town on the main road from Eskisehir to Ankara. Near to the mountain you will find the ruins ofRead Morean old Armenian church (Kizil Kule) and some old Armenian houses.

Turkey’s Hair Museum Avanos

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The bizarre Avanos Hair Museum: a small cave containing hair samples, names and addresses of more than 16,000 women from all around the world. It was founded by Chez Galip, a talented potter from Avanos, a town famous for its pottery.

Tuzköy - Village ravaged by cancer in Cappadocia

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The caves, rock houses and grand stone formations inTurkey's Cappadocia region draw tourists from around the world. Nestled among these natural wonders, however, lies a village where the earth is believed to deliver death rather than rewards.

The Formation of Cappadocia

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Entstehung Kappadokiens

UNESCO-World Cultural and Natural Heritage Cappadocia is located at the centre of a region which used to have intense volcanic activity and it added a lot of value to the lay of the region. While Anatolia basically consists of big lakes and tropical swamps, it can be seen that animals, plants and carnivores dating to very old times were dominant in the region.

Konya former İkonion

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Konya – Kornkammer der Türkei

About 250 kilometres south of Ankara there is another important town whose history goes far back into the past: Konya. After leaving Ankara the road to Konya follows the edge of a huge salt lake past the steppes of the Anatolian highlands.The name Konya is the Turkish version of Ikonion.Read More 

Tinaztepe Cave on the way to Konya

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You will find the Tinaztepe Cavern next to the road leading to Konya from Antalya about 22 kilometres before you reach the town Seydisehir. The road leading to the parking of the caveRead Moreis next to a petrol station, about 150 metres away from the main road.

Nevşehir - Gate to Cappadocia

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Nevşehir - das Tor nach Kappadokien

Nevşehir, the gate to Cappadocia, is a traffic key point and since a short time a market and administration centre, that was founded in 1954. The name derives from the Persian Nau (translated intoRead MoreTurkish as Nev) for New and Schahr (translated into Turkish as Şehir) for City and means New City.

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