The ancient city of Kayseri (Caesarea, alt. 3458 feet/1054 meters, pop. 900,000) on the eastern edge of Cappadocia (map) has outstanding Seljuk Turkish architecture (1100s to 1200s) and interesting bazaars. Also, Kayseri's Erkilet Airport (ASR) is one of the primary choices when traveling to Cappadocia by plane.
Set in the shadow of Erciyes Dağı (Mount Aergeus, 3916 meters; 12,848 feet), Kayseri's historic buildings contrast with the sparkling ski slopes on Erciyes. Most of Kayseri's grand old buildings are made of dark, somber volcanic stone, so different from the sunny volcanic tufa of Cappadocian buildings. But Kayseri's Citadel and great mosques and medreses (schools) are still impressive Seljuk Turkish works of art.
The Citadel (Hisar)
At the very center of Kayseri, located at Kayseri's center square, the Citadel is one of the oldest structures in Kayseri. This amazing building used to be a castle and now serves as a bazaar selling traditional food and items and offering a historical perspective to the city.
Gevher Nesibe Hospital
Built as a hospital in the 12th century, Gevher Nesibe Hospital now operates as a museum with an amazing story. You must visit the museum to learn the myth behind this medical structure and the history behind Seljuks.
Hunat Hatun Complex
Built in the 13th century by Seljuk Turks, it is a Medressa (school), Mosque, and hammam complex. It also serves as a bazaar today. If you ever visit Kayseri, try the traditional hammam experience in this famous spot.
Kayseri is famous for traditional products and bazaars. However, keep in mind Kayseri's citizens are renowned in Turkey for their commercial acquaintance—in other words, they're known as sharp traders. But you'll find friendliness if you visit the city's two historic market buildings: the Bedesten and the Vezir Hanı, both near the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) in the city center.
Enjoy Skiing at Erciyes Ski Resort
If you ever visit Kayseri in Winter, it is highly recommended to visit Erciyes Ski Resort. This nationwide favored center offers a great atmosphere for families to spend time together in the snow.
Lodging in Kayseri
Transportation to Kayseri
This means you can travel to Kayseri by bus, train, and direct flights from both Istanbul's Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) to Kayseri's Erkilet Airport (ASR) on Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Air. (Approximately 1.5 hours.)
Transportation from Kayseri to Cappadocia
Alternatively, you can use a taxi or bus to reach Cappadocia from Kayseri. If you intend to use a bus to reach Cappadocia, we advise making a reservation beforehand since it can be difficult to find tickets during summer.
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The distance between the two spots is 50km. However, it can take 70km when traveling with a vehicle.