: Rudy Cochez, co-owner
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the top of the Ürgüp cliff, a small cave hotel, Kayadam, overlooks
an enchanting landscape with its 'fairy chimneys'. These surprising
formations with a hat-like rock on the top of each one makes one
thinks that you are looking at a lunar landscape. The Kayadam hotel
rooms are built in layers of basaltic lava produced by eruption
of the Erciyes, Hasan and Melendiz volcanoes some 10 million years
ago. This natural rock-bed was sculpted both by nature and industrious
will be impressed when you reach this extraordinary fairy-tale landscape.
All around you, and as far as the eye can see, strange rock figures
stand out against the pure blue sky. From the long winding road
leading to the ancient town called Bashisar in Seldjoukid times,
you will see the old cliff of Ürgüp displaying its thousands of
caves. The beautiful front of the Kayadam hotel, with its arcades
and pillars, harmoniously blends into the shapes and colours of
the natural rock.
front of Kayadam
a small hotel built into the cliff
front of you, you will notice the high natural rock wall of Kayadam
with its built-in rooms. You will be impressed by the total harmony
of the arcades, the flights of stairs, and the terraces, which match
the beauty of this natural setting.
will be even more fascinated when you walk into the cave rooms of
Kayadam. In each room you will be reminded of past ways of living
because of the antique fire places, grain mills, and authentic nooks
and crannies. The rock itself is suprisingly beautiful with delicate
hues of beige and ochre, as well as various patterns and shapes
that seem to have been sculpted by a artist.
and his family at Kayadam
furniture, Ottoman tiles, highly coloured traditional rugs, and
hand-made embroidered bed-linen add a warm touch to the elegant
rooms. Everything has been done to help you make the most of your
stay : comfortable beds, modern bathrooms and kitchen equipment.
A warm light comes through large windows, enhancing the beautiful
space of the rooms. Each room of Kayadam looks onto the garden and
has a terrace with a panoramic view. You will enjoy the changing
light during the day, which bathes the landscape with red hues at
sunrise, white hues under the scorching sun, and ochre colours at
will feel the whole beauty of this mythical place, which will remind
you of all the civilisations that once thrived there : the Hittites,
the Medes, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Turks.
cave house of the first centuries A.D.
Archeologists think the Kayadam caves must date back to 400-600
AD, at the time when the first Christian groups fled Roman persecutions
and settled in the caves of Cappadocia. These groups also built
the first rupestral churches, many of which can be visited to see
the extraordinarily beautiful and well-preserved rock paintings,
although most are only known by local people.