Istanbul E-pass includes free entrance to Aksaray Monastery Valley. Scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.
Located in the Guzelyurt district, formerly known as Gelveri, Monastery Valley is approximately 5 km long. It consists of vineyards, colorful rocks, rock-cut churches, chapels, and underground cities. In the valley, there are many churches carved into the rocks on the slopes.
Religious scholar Saint Gregorius worked for the spread of Christianity in Anatolia in the 4th century, based in Guzelyurt. Traces of Christianity can be seen in the region, and the first monastic settlements in the valley reflect the period.
Due to the Arab raids that started in the 7th century, the period of the Prohibition of Depiction showed its effect. In this period, which started at the beginning of the 9th century, figurative depictions were prohibited under the influence of Islam. Except for the Cappadocia region, all other regions have complied with the ban. Due to the nature of the region suitable for protection, it has become a shelter for the clergy who do not follow the prohibition of depiction. From the end of the 11th century, it came under Turkish rule and the Christians living there continued to worship freely.
The Final Word
In terms of the history of the region, it is an archaeological site that should definitely be visited in terms of both natural, cultural, and historical aspects. Cappadocia E-pass provides free entrance here!
Aksaray Monastery Valley Hours of Operation
The museum is open to visitors every day between 09:30-18:00.
The last entrance is at 17:15
Aksaray Monastery Valley Location
Simply scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.
Aksaray Monastery Valley Site visit takes around 1 hour.
Photo ID will be asked from child Cappadocia E-pass holders.