When it comes to fairy chimneys, the first thing that comes to mind is the natural wonder in Cappadocia. If we tell you that the only fairy chimney in our country is not in Cappadocia, we are sure that many of you will be very surprised. Turkey is known to take place in a variety of fairy chimneys of a total of 9 points. One of them is the fairy chimneys in Van's Başkale district, located in the Eastern Anatolia Region. Also known as Vanadokya, all its beauty is waiting to be discovered by local and foreign tourists. With its nature and peaceful, mystical atmosphere, Vanadokya should be at the top of your list of must-visit places.
Van's Fairy Chimneys: Vanadocia
Vanadokya, one of the countless natural beauties of our country, is located in Yavuzlar Village of Başkale district, 33 kilometers from Van. These legendary fairy chimneys fascinate those who see them; tourists are waiting to be discovered with its untouched beauty, peaceful atmosphere, breathtaking nature, and hospitable local people.
Vanadokya is a natural wonder consisting of 17 thousand fairy chimneys, 35 caves, and 12 rock-carved houses. There are also Elbak Valley in Van's fairy chimneys, which is home to many caves and tunnels. In the valley, many historical artifacts that have been preserved from the Middle Ages to the present are also presented to the attention of tourists.
Vanadokya is open to visitors all seasons of the year. However, it is known that the winter season is tough in Eastern Anatolia. Therefore, it is possible to talk about crowded tourist groups in Vanadocia, especially in the spring and summer months.
The Formation Story of Vanadocia Fairy Chimneys
It is known that the Vanadocia paradise, located at the zero points of our country's eastern border with Iran, was formed by the effect of the volcanic Yiğit Mountain. Volcanic rocks spreading out from Yiğit Mountain are eroded over time by being affected by various natural events such as rain, flood, and wind. As a result, the immense Vanadocia emerges miraculously. Spreading over a giant area of 20 kilometers, Vanadokya is ready to be discovered with fairy chimneys, tunnels, caves, stone houses, castles, and churches.
Historical Beauties in Vanadocia
This hidden paradise waiting to be discovered hosts a historical texture as beautiful as the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia. It is possible to encounter similar historical churches and living areas in the Ihlara Valley in Vanadokya.
There are many historical churches in Vanadokya. You can visit the 1700-year-old St Bartholomeus Church when you see it here. According to belief, Hz. The tomb of Bartalmay, one of the apostles of Jesus, is here, so the church is also very famous abroad.
Vanadokya offers a magnificent experience with the church and its historic castle, which can be reached through hidden tunnels. You can visit Rıkan Castle, as magnificent and legendary as the famous Alamut Castle, while you are in Vanadokya. It is known that the height of the Rıkan Castle, located at the point where there is a large stone block, is 200 meters. The castle can only be accessed through a secret tunnel opened under the fairy chimneys. When you encounter the sunlight at the end of this 150-step long tunnel, you can enter the Rıkan Castle. Rıkan Castle has exciting details such as mortars, large and small rooms, cisterns, various tunnels, and the King's Mansion.
How to Reach Vanadocia By Transportation?
You can easily reach Vanadokya by private tour buses departing from the Van center. When you set off from Van towards Başkale district's center and reach Yavuzlar Village, Vanadokya will welcome you.
Experience a Comfortable Accommodation in Vanadocia
You can be sure that just one day is not enough in Vanadokya to experience the mystical atmosphere, historical church, castles, and natural wonder fairy chimneys. All of the accommodation options are located in the city center of Van on your visit to Vanadokya, which is a very virgin touristic spot.
When you come to the city to discover Vanadokya, you can stay at Elite World Van Hotel, 22 minutes away from Van Ferit Melen Airport. Suppose you want to taste delicious Eastern Anatolian cuisine and enjoy a comfortable accommodation experience by taking advantage of SPA and wellness facilities. In that case, you can book Elite World Van Hotel. If you want to get detailed information and reserve your room, you can always reach Elite World Van Hotel. If you wish, you can contact us at (0432) 484 11 11 for 24 hours.
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