Kırsehir Tours Kırsehir Cappadocia Kırsehir Turkey
Kırsehir Traveling along the Ankara-Kayseri highway, visitors to Cappadocia would usually bypass this town, although the region of subterranen cities actually begins here. There are two underground settlements near Kirsehir, the larger sections of which were never explored. Interested visitors may ask for a guide at the local Tourist Information Office. To tempt alone even the accessible galleries may be dangerous.
A curious fact here is the absence of volcanic tufa. Both complexes had been carved out of a deep layer of limestone which, being much softer than tufa, ought to have presented unsurmontable difficulties to the ancient tunnellers. Even today, it is clearly evident that attempts to burrow deeper than two floors had been abandoned and perhaps some of the collapsed sections mark the sites of one-time disasters. As the crow flies, Kırsehir and Gülsehir are sixty kilometers apart, but the only known other subterranean complex in this relatively large area is at Gümüskent.
The town is rich in Seljuk and Turkish monuments and tombs. According to old records, the Karacabey Mosque had once accommodated a meteorological station, founded by the Seljuks. If this is true, then it was probably the very first such establishment anywhere in the world.
The ornamented Ali Ervan Mosque guards the tomb of this Islamic saint, still much loved and respected in Central Anatolia.
Notable are the mineral-rich hot springs, all within a radius of fifteen kilometers and accessible by good roads. The Karakurt (Black Wolf) and Terma springs are modern installations, open to the public.