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Pasabag, Urgup

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View the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys of Pasabag, where hermits once hid. Here you'll see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter, built within one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. St. Simeon was living in seclusion in the 5th century, when rumors began that he made miracles happen. As the rumors spread and St. Simeon became the object of unwanted attention, he began to live at the top of a 2 m (7 ft) column, later moving into a 15 m (49 ft) column, descending rarely to retrieve food and drink brought to him by disciples. Eventually the hermits of the region distanced themselves by cutting into the fairy chimneys and hollowing them out, creating rooms 10-15 m (33-49 ft) high, instead of living on top of the columns. Wear comfortable footwear with traction for your visit, as the steep path up the hill can be rocky. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from the top of the hill. The area is easily accessible via a local bus from the city, but note that public restrooms require a fee for use, and that there is no information posted about the history of the area, so inform yourself prior to your arrival or go with a tour company. To visit Pasabag on your holiday in Urgup, and find out what else Urgup has to offer, use our Urgup vacation trip planner.
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Where to stay in Urgup

Ürgüp serves as a well-rounded alternative for a place to stay when visiting the neighboring rock sites of Cappadocia. Unlike other towns, Ürgüp offers upscale hotels housed in traditional old mansions formerly owned by prominent local families. There are no hostels here, but you'll find guest lodging created from converted old houses as well, which are often just as affordable. Ürgüp also boasts a thriving nightlife, something that's missing from other surrounding villages.
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  • Seeing such a wonderful natural places like the chimneys in Turkey, make me proud. They are really outstanding.  more »
  • Most of the people would prefer Göreme Open Air Museum but for me this place was way more magical than the museum. As it is like a valley and you can walk in between the rocks. they are huge and you c...  more »
  • It's simply outstanding... Smurf's houses and chimneys everywhere. Worths every minute walk, make sure your camera has enough battery!.  more »
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  • This was a good experience. The park is largely filled with rocks, and partly with cave houses carved into the formations. Overall a good place.
  • Very nice place to visit, lots of parking available and some great spots for taking a few shots to make the peeps at home jealous
  • You can see a group of fairy chimneys (hoodoo in geology) in here. After visiting Goreme Open Air Museum, you should also get to Pasabag to take photos with hoodoos
  • This is an absolutely magical place to visit - the fairy chimneys tower into the sky to create a surreal landscape like one in Mario Brothers. There are well formed paths to follow but I encourage you to go off road to embrace the full wonder of this magical place.
  • Beautiful place to see the fairy chimneys. The landscape is out of this world.