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Pasabag, Urgup

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View the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys of Pasabag, where hermits once hid. Here you'll see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter, built within one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. St. Simeon was living in seclusion in the 5th century, when rumors began that he made miracles happen. As the rumors spread and St. Simeon became the object of unwanted attention, he began to live at the top of a 2 m (7 ft) column, later moving into a 15 m (49 ft) column, descending rarely to retrieve food and drink brought to him by disciples. Eventually the hermits of the region distanced themselves by cutting into the fairy chimneys and hollowing them out, creating rooms 10-15 m (33-49 ft) high, instead of living on top of the columns. Wear comfortable footwear with traction for your visit, as the steep path up the hill can be rocky. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from the top of the hill. The area is easily accessible via a local bus from the city, but note that public restrooms require a fee for use, and that there is no information posted about the history of the area, so inform yourself prior to your arrival or go with a tour company. Find out how to plan Urgup trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • A few shops at the entrance, then the site, free, more or less laid out with gravel paths that allow to see just about all the fairy chimneys. There are many, and they are very beautiful. A place accessible to all. There is a well-known 'tricecephalus' formation, as well as a cave house dug into a chimney, located immediately to the right of the entrance. Its first floor is 10 meters and access is via a staircase, almost vertical at the beginning, then completely then, a duct with just hollows to slide hands and feet and climb, leaning on the back. Not easy but exhilarating! There are many paths to the other valleys. 7km to Meskendir for example (through the Valley of the Monks, then the Red Valley and the Rose Valley, before ending with a piece of Guldere). Or by joining Cavusin and then Germe.
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  • Beautiful place, go random trails to take hundreds of photos of fairy chimneys from all angles! fortunately some places are still forbidden to quad bikes and 4x4s!
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