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Central Anatolia

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.

Tinaztepe Cave on the way to Konya

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Tinaztepe Cave on the way to Konya

Like so many before us, we are on our way to an increasingly popular destination: the Tinaztepe Caves, because a trip to the Tinaztepe Cave (Tinaztepe Mağarsı) is worthwhile just because of the drive through the wild and romantic mountains of the Taurus Mountains.

Tyana – Ruins of a City near Nigde in Cappadocia

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Tyana – Ruins of a City near Nigde in Cappadocia

Anyone who walks through Niğde Museum of Art History with open eyes will certainly come across the name Tyana several times, an ancient metropolis that has so far been little known from a tourist point of view.

Nigde - the Hittite town of Nahita

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Nigde - the Hittite town of Nahita

Whenever you travel to the Cappadocia region, you shouldn't just pass by Niğde, so strong is the progress in the city and so strong are the changes in the entire region.

Kecikalesi - Anatolian village in the shadow of Hasan Dagi

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Kecikalesi - Anatolian village in the shadow of Hasan Dagi

We were coming from Niğde / Cappadocia in the direction of Aksaray, when we probably had chosen the wrong junction in the village of Bor, which had now led us along the mountains of Hasan Dağı to the village of Altunhisar.

Kırıkkale and the Kızılirmak Nehri

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Kırıkkale and the Kızılirmak Nehri

About 80 kilometers east of the gates of the Turkish capital Ankara is the city of Kırıkkale, which is also the capital of the Turkish province of Kırıkkale and accordingly has its own vehicle number 71 at the beginning of the identification of the license plates.

Sivas - The Congress Heyet-i Temilye

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Sivas - The Congress Heyet-i Temilye

Sivas is a town in Central Anatolia, about 250 kilometres east of Ankara in the province of the same name. It's old Greek name was Sebasteia. The number of inhabitants was 278.000 in 1997.

Our way takes us from Kirikkale to Yozgat

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Our way takes us from Kirikkale to Yozgat

We wanted to cover the few kilometres to Yozgat during this time tour through Central Anatolia to Konya and Kirikkale, because according to our information there are also very attractive landscapes and cultural-historical backgrounds that also go back to the Hittites.

We follow the traces of the Hittites to Hattusa / Ankara

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We follow the traces of the Hittites to Hattusa / Ankara

Near the village of Bogazkale, around 150 kilometres east of Ankara, you can visit the remains of Hattusa, the former capital of the Hittite empire, which was the ruling force in the 2nd millennium BC all over Anatolia and the northern part of today's Syria.

Hair Museum Avanos - idea origns in a pottery

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Das eigentümliche Haarmuseum von Avanos

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.

Old town and surroundings of Kayseri

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Old town and surroundings of Kayseri

The city of Kayseri, the Roman Caesarea, extends at the foot of the Erciyes Mountains (3,916 meters), an extinct volcano and well-known winter sports centre with good hotels and slopes.

Ankara Airport - Esenboğa International

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Flughafen Ankara - Esenboğa

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 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.

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