Among the places to visit in Ürgüp, Temenni Hill, where we will say “go out, have a tea, read a prayer”, is actually a big rock at an altitude of 80 meters and where you can watch Ürgüp and Erciyes Mountain from a bird’s eye view. On the hill, there is a mausoleum built by Vecihi Pasha for Kılıçarslan in 1288 and two more important tombs from the Ottoman period. Although the tombs were built in the name of 4th Kılıçarslan and 3rd Alaeddin Keykubat, their bodies were buried elsewhere and made as a representation. The reason why the name was called “wish” was the begging of wish by tying a rag in the tomb.
One of the things that confirms the sacredness of this hill at that time is the taka tombs, which is the attempt to bury 5 people in the same grave. After people died, they literally lined up to be buried on this hill. The cupola, located in the middle of the hill, was used as the Ürgüp Tahsinağa Public Library in previous times. The library was later moved to another building in the district center.
On the southwestern slope of Temenni Hill is St. Yeorgios Church. Although the stone façade of the church is destroyed, the rock-carved hall still stands.
After seeing Temenni Hill, you can sit in the tea garden where you can sip tea with the view of Ürgüp, and look at historical Ürgüp photographs in the closed section.
Kadı Castle, which is about 500 meters north of Temenni Hill and also known as “women’s castle”, was a rock castle where women and children took shelter in wars during the Seljuk period. A passage extending from the inside of the castle to the Damsa Stream was also made as a precaution for these dangerous situations. It is also known that the world-renowned French traveler Felix Maire Charles Texier drew the picture of the Kadı Castle visible from the Temenni Hill.
Another important building among the places to visit in Ürgüp is the Altıkapı Tomb, which reflects the sad story of women and children. This tomb was built by an unknown Seljuk commander from the Seljuk period for his wife and children. The tomb, which is thought to have been built in the 12th or 13th centuries, was called Altıkapı due to its 6 windows.
18 km from Ürgüp to see the unique stonemasonry of Karamanoğulları and pass through the crown gate. We recommend you to stop by Damsa Village in the southwest and see this complex. Although it is not known exactly when this Turkish building, which consists of a madrasah and a mosque, and two tombs, was built, during the Seljuk period II. It is thought to have been built by Taşkın Pasha, the son of Kılıçarslan. In the minaret of the mosque, which has survived to the present day, the construction date mentioned is 1236. The mihrab section of the mosque, which is made of walnut wood and is the first example of woodwork in Anatolia, is on display at the Ankara Ethnography Museum. The mausoleum in the form of a cupola adjacent to the mosque is thought to belong to Taşkın Pasha.
It is said that Halaçdere, which has large basilica-style churches starting from the 11th century and dating back to the 13th century, was used as a hospital by ancient Christians. Hallaç Monastery, located on Ortahisar – Ürgüp road and about 1 kilometer northeast of Ortahisar, is a hospital monastery where the priests prepare and treat the people of the region. The monastery carved on a large rocky area with 3 facades 11.Y