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. Find out how to plan Urgup trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
This is one of the most fabulous spots among all the fabulous sights in Cappadocia! Fantastic to walk among the stone columns, capped with pointed peaks. Tufa stone formations like nowhere else... more »
I visited Pasabag Fairy Chimneys with my family as a part of the Private Highlights Tour. The fairy chimneys were naturally carved by water. We were told that the local people were so respectful of... more »
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