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Chapter 5
Uchisar Castle
By now, you've seen some pictures of the big rock that is Uçhisar Castle. According to the sign at the entrance,
Uçhisar Castle
The sign at the entrance to Uçhisar Castle
The bottom part of the entrance sign, in English
it is the tallest point in the region and I've read elsewhere that Uçhisar is the tallest point in Kapadocya. I believe it. You can see it from most anywhere you go. Since we had arisen early but didn't fly, Sancho took me up to the top of the "castle" so he could show me the area. Well worth the 3 Lira (almost $2.00) . The valleys were still pretty foggy, even in the afternoon, but on top of the castle, we could see really well.
Uçhisar village panorama made from two photos
It was easy to pick out the house we're in (it's only a few blocks from the castle) and where the office was. We could barely make out Nevşehir in the distance to the west (about 5 miles away) as well as Ürgüp to the east (also about 5 miles distance) .
Halfway up, looking east at Mt Erciyes (12,922' msl)
Looking NW towards Ankara. The mountain in the background is ~ 135 miles away
Looking south, up Pigeon Valley
To help you get an idea of the layout and general area around Uçhisar, below is a Google Earth image that I've labeled as to where my house, company headquarters, Pigeon Valley and the Castle are. If you have Google Earth installed (if not, it's free and you can get it here) , you can click here for the Google Earth file that will allow you to zoom, rotate, etc.
A Google Earth image of Uçhisar labeled with points of interest
Castle Uçhisar has been such a prominant feature since I arrived, it was very cool to find out that we could actually climb to the top. Not only that, but the way to the top is through it!
A stairway inside the castle
A view of the castle on the way up
Sancho & Elena on the steps
By the time we got to the top and looked around a bit we noticed that there was a balloon inflating near Goreme (the usual launch area) .
A view of Göreme without the balloon
Göreme with the balloon stood up
The balloon flying with Mt Erciyes in the background
A closer shot of the balloon & Mt Erciyes
So we stayed for a while and watched the balloon . . .
We might not have flown, but it was still an awesome way to start the new year!
Me on the very top of Castle Uçhisar

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