Urgup Belediyesi, Turgut Ozal Cultural Center in Urgup.
How to access the conference center
Ürgüp is located at a distance of about 20 km from the city center of Nevşehir, about 30 km from the Nevsehir Airport and is within the historical region of Cappadocia. It is possible to take a taxi from the airport directly to Ürgüp or you may prefer to take a local bus to Ürgüp province. In case you prefer the bus, you first need to drive from the airport to Nevşehir Central Bus Station via taxi that is an approximately 10 min driving distance, and from there you can reach Ürgüp by bus. Or if you inform our tour company when you will arrive at the Nevsehir airport, they can take you from the airport to the Conference Center of the ICOEST'2013.
The most comfortable and fastest way of reaching Cappadocia is airway. Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) is located in Gülşehir town of Nevşehir province. Turkish Airlines operates direct (nonstop) flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport twice a day. In addition to the airway, many bus companies has bus services to Nevsehir.
Nevşehir - the Capital of the Cappadocia Region
Nevsehir is the capital of the Cappadocia region and is a perfect starting point for extensively visiting the area. The first settlements date back to 3000 BC; the oldest name of the city was "Nyssa". The city also has some interesting remains from the Seljuk period, such as the castle which stands at the highest point of the city. The Kursunlu Mosque has an impressive complex of buildings and a medresse surrounding it which dates back to 1726. The museum displays a rich collection of the local finds. Gulsehir, and Hacibektas which is the town where Haci Bektas Veli settled in the 14th century, and set up his own Bektas Dervish order which was based on love and humanism. Hacibektas is famous for its onyx souvenirs.
Ürgüp - Tourism Center of Cappadocia
Ürgüp is a small town in the central region of Anatolia. Located in the historical region of Cappadocia, and near the cave churches of Göreme, it is renowned for its nightlife and for its good adjustment to tourism, making it a popular night stop for tourists. According to 2010 census, the population of the district is 34,372 of which 18,631 live in the town of Ürgüp. Ürgüp is also known for its famous hotels built within caves, for its wines and for its hand made carpets. Many of the hotels in caves are actually old houses. They can be rented and used for accommodation on condition of not damaging their historic structure. Some of the caves have also been converted into nightclubs and bars. Urgup is one of the main tourist towns in the Cappadocia region.
Cappadocia - Land of the Beautiful Horses
Cappadocia has one of the most interesting and spectacular landscapes in the world. About three million years ago the volcanoes of Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan covered the surrounding plateau with volcanic tuff as a result of their violent eruptions. The natural effects of wind, water and rain eroded this area into a spectacular, surrealist landscape of rock caves, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colors ranging from warm tones of red and gold to cool tones of green and gray. Dating back to 4000 BC; the earliest people used to live in Goreme, known as Cappadocia, in dwellings dug into the rock. Christianity came to the region, and chapels, churches and monasteries were constructed in the rocks. At Derinkuyu, Mazi and Kaymakli, cities were developed underground in order for the inhabitants to hide from raiders. There is another underground city -Ozkonak- which is also open to the public. They are really amazing to visit, and give a sense of the way people must have felt while living underground. Urgup, 20 kms east of Nevsehir, is a lively tourist center and has all the characteristics of the region. Besides this, it is the center of a wine producing region and every year in October an International Wine Festival is held. It is an excellent place to stay to tour the sights in daytime and to find amusement in discos and bars at night. In Urgup you can see how people once lived in houses carved into the rock along the narrow streets. This is a good place for buying carpets and kilims, as many varieties are offered. Pancarlik Valley, the Mustafapasa (Sinassos) and Cemil villages, with their traditional stone houses, the Taskinpasa and Sahinefendi villages where the 2th century Kirksehitler Church is located, and the Devrent and Catalkaya Valleys are famous for their fairy chimneys. The Goreme Open Air Museum, 8 km northwest of Urgup, is a monastic complex of rock churches and chapels decorated with frescoes. The churches of Elmali, St. Basil, St. Barbara, Yilanli, Karanlik, Carikli, and Tokali are of particular interest and their frescoes are very well preserved. Many pilgrims still visit the churches. The cities of Goreme and Uchisar provide a bewitching scenery of cones and chimney formations. Uchisar Fortress is the highest point and the view from its top is enchanting. In Cavusin you will find the monastery of St. John the Baptist. The attractive town of Avanos is famous for its handicrafts, especially pottery, and you may try this craft yourself in one of the many studios. Soganli has a picturesque beauty with dozens of chapels, churches, halls and tombs. The Byzantine development of fresco art can be observed from the 8th to the 13th centuries in Soganli. The town of Ortahisar is carved out of rock. The churches in the Balkan Valley are some of the oldest. Kizilcukur Valley is strikingly beautiful during sunset. You should not miss that marvelous picture. Cappadocia is a land which seems to be a fantasy. Words are useless to describe the beauty and charm of the region; you must experience it for yourself, hot-air baloon tours, trekking tours, horseback riding tours, and other fascinating activities. It will certainly take a particular place in your memories and in your photograph album.