Niğde, Turkey Guide

Niğde is an old city on the southern outskirts of Cappadocia (map) with several exceptional historic buildings and, on its outskirts, a striking Byzantinetroglodyte monastery.

Niğde (NEE-deh, alt. 1216 m, 3990 feet, pop. 70,000), a farming center, is famous for a Turkish proverb: “If there’s no market at Niğde, go on to Bor.” In other words, if you go in search of something, don’t give up. Persevere!

Among Niğde’s historic buildings is the Seljuk TurkishAlaeddin Mosque (1223), on the hill with the fortress; the fascinating Süngür Bey Mosque, built by the Seljuks but extensively modified (1335) by the Mongols, of all people. The Ak Medrese (1409) is in post-Seljuk, quasi-Mongol style.

Niğde’s museum houses the mummified remains of a blonde Byzantine nun of the 900s discovered in the church-filled Ihlara Valley.

The troglodyte monastery is at Eski Gümüşler, 10 km (6 miles) east of Niğde’s center (map):

Eski Gümüş Monastery, Niğde, Turkey
The Iconoclastic monastery at Eski Gümüşler…

The city’s famous market still takes place on Thursday around the city’s clock tower near the hill with the fortress and Alaeddin Mosque, so if you plan ahead you won’t need to continue to Bor, 10 km (6 miles) to the southwest.

A good excursion from Niğde is to Aladağlar National Parkand the Kapuzbaşı WaterfallsMore…

Niğde’s hotels are few in number and simple in accommodations. The4-star, 80-room Grand Hotel Niğde is the best in town, with the nearby 3-star, 35-room Hotel Şahiner being the alternative. More…

Most people stop here for just part of a day to see the mosques and Eski Gümüşler on their way to somewhere else.

Niğde has bus service, and trains on the line between Ankara and Adana stop here.

The nearest airport is the Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport, with daily flights to and from IstanbulKayseriand Adana also have several flights daily to and from Istanbul.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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