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Mt Hasan, Aksaray

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Mount Hasan is an inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province, Turkey. With an elevation of 3268m, it ranks as the second highest mountain of central Anatolia. A caldera 4-5 kilometres wide formed near the current summit around 7500 BC, in an eruption recorded in Neolithic paintings.The ancient settlement of Çatalhöyük collected obsidian from the area of Hasan Dağ, which they probably traded with other settlements for luxury goods. Obsidian mirrors and flakes have also been found. The importance of Hasan Dağ to the people of Çatalhöyük may be shown by a wall painting, sometimes called the "first landscape" by art historians, which some believe is a depiction of Hasan Dağ towering over the settlement's houses.It was the second mountain from the south in the Byzantine beacon system used to warn the Byzantine capital of Constantinople of incursions during the Arab–Byzantine wars.Approximately a six hours' walk is required to climb to the top of the mountain from the highest point accessible by car. The summit offers a fabulous view over the central Anatolian plateau, including distant Cappadocia.
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  • This is the biggest mountain you can see around. Looks so beautiful when its top is covered with clouds. It is a volcano in fact but it is not active.  more »
  • This is pretty much the only mountain around and the Ihlara valley is near. We came in mis September and the weather was great for exploring.  more »
  • legendary volcanic montain of the city of Aksaray , looks huge and magnificent from a distance , it has great canyon which is so goog for picnic and hiking for spring as well as gets a lot snow all ar...  more »

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