Uçhisar Castle

Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point of Cappadocia on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, five kilometres from the town of Goreme. There are magnificent views from the top, with Mount Erciyes in the distance.

The tall volcanic-rock outcrop is one of Cappadocia's most prominent landmarks and is visible for miles around. Full of tunnels, stairways and passageways, it was used for centuries as a place of refuge against invading armies.

It is not possible to see all the rooms due to erosion and most of those located on the north side of the castle are today used as dovecotes for pigeons. Their droppings make an excellent natural fertiliser for the surrounding orchards and vineyards.