Cappadocia: Selime Monastery

Cappadocia: Selime Monastery

We’d spent the entire day discovering Cappadocia from every possible angle. The morning found us exploring deep below its volcanic terrain in Derinkuyu, and the afternoon took us on a long hike through the verdant Ihlara Valley where at every turn we encountered postcard worthy scenes of a quietly rushing river, leaves in every shade of autumn, and hillside caves that people once lived and worshiped in.

After such a climactic hike, we experienced the denouement of our Cappadocian journey at the Selime Monastery. Built into the rocky hillside, the monastery is one of the largest religious structures in Cappadocia. We were left to our own devices and had the choice to sit out down near our tour van or climb up the narrow and unguarded path for a closer look at the monastery. We chose to climb.

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Have you been to the Selime Monastery?

  • This has been on my travel bucketlist for a while now but hopefully soon!

    • Dana Carmel

      I hope you’ll make it there someday as well!

  • I’ve been to Turkey many times, but never quite made it to the Selime Monastery. Unfortunately.

    • Dana Carmel

      All the more reason to go back, Mette! 😉

  • Thanks for this unusual post on Cappadocia. Like Cathy says, most articles seem to be all about ballooning, so very nice to read about other features just as fascinating.

    • Dana Carmel

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sophie. Thanks for reading!

  • I usually see posts about hot air balloons in Cappadocia. A hike to this monastery would be much more for me. Fascinating place with beautiful scenes along the way.

    • Dana Carmel

      I’m with you, Cathy. I’m all about being on firm ground. Cappadocia is truly amazing, and I’m sure that a bird’s eye view would be phenomenal.

  • Great timing! I was just reading about Cappadocia and the things to check out while there. Going to add this to the list since I’m heading there in a month! Super excited.

    • Dana Carmel

      I’m super excited for you, Jill! Can’t wait to read about your time there.

  • Loved the tour of this place that is still inching its way up our ‘must visit’ list. Wonderful photos – see you next week for more travels with you!

    • Dana Carmel

      Well hopefully one day Turkey will make its way to the top of your list. It definitely lives up to the hype!

  • Another spot in Turkey worthy of a visit.

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes – go!

  • Cappadocia looks like a fantastic place to explore – and the monastery looks incredible. Your photos are great too.

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks, Leigh!

  • WOW that looks like a great climb up, and the view is so worth it. Love the idea of exploring new areas. The Selime Monastery looks like it has a lot of history in those hills, and the many different entrances would be fun to discover.
    Haven’t been there but sure would love to one day.

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes – the climb was quite steep. I guess that adding railings would take away from the beauty of this place.

  • I’m so glad you climbed up! From far away, it just looked like interesting hills with holes poked in the side. But your close up photos seem to show some carvings. Was it interesting inside those rooms/caves?

    • Dana Carmel

      I didn’t go to the highest height, and I think that if I did, I would’ve seen more of the details inside of the caves. The inside of the rooms that I saw were just empty. However, I’ve seen pictures from the monastery of rooms with frescoes.

  • Haven’t been yet, but we leave for Turkey in one month. Yay!

    • Dana Carmel

      You’re going to have a blast!

  • What a fascinating place to visit! I don’t get out of the country too often but this place looks awesome! Although the hike looked a little daunting haha. Thanks for the invite and I hope to continue to link up with you and be able to see all the interesting places you have been.

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks for submitting your link. Please remember to add my link to your post as well. Whenever you do venture out of the country, Cappadocia would make for a great adventure!

  • This looks amazing. Isn’t this where one of the Star Wars films was filmed?

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes, Star Wars was filmed here!

  • A blogger in another group I belong to did a tour there last year. It’s quite an impressive place – thanks for the tour.

    • Dana Carmel

      You’re welcome. It’s very otherworldly when you’re there in person.

  • Wow, what an intriguing place. Thanks for visiting pret-a-vivre.com and for the invite too :).

    • Dana Carmel

      You’re very welcome!

  • I never heard of either Cappadocia or Derinkuyu before! Thanks for introducing me to another part of the world!

    • Dana Carmel

      You’re very welcome! I hope that you’ll get around to exploring Cappadocia for yourself someday.

  • I had never heard of this and I learned something new today! Those pics of the places of worship built into the rocks were fantastic! 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      That’s what I love about travel – there are endless possibilities to learn!

  • excellent timing, i’ll be visiting in fall, look forward to seeing this monastery i’ll send this to my travel mate.

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays it runs a whole week starting on Mondays, come link up with us 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes – definitely check it out. Cappadocia is a photographer’s dream, so I’m sure you’re going to love it. I linked up last Monday and will continue to do so!

  • Hi Dana, I went to Selima when I visited Turkey 13 years ago. Isn’t it amazing? I love Capaddocia and remains one of my favorite places. It’s just so spectacular and has such good energy. I wish to return sometime soon. Thank you for bringing back fond memories. It looks like you had a great trip.
    Thanks for you invite to Wonderlust Wedenesday. I’ll look into it next week.

    • Dana Carmel

      It’s definitely amazing and quite peaceful there!

  • Thank you for inviting me 🙂

  • We’re heading to Cappadocia in September so it was great to read about your time here. I’ve added it to my list of must see sights..It looks fascinating!

    • Dana Carmel

      I’m sure that you’ll have a great time in Cappadocia – it’s really like being in a different world!

  • This is a beautiful place. Nice photos, Dana!

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks!

  • Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks, Muza-Chan!

  • What a cool place!

    • Dana Carmel

      Definitely!

  • I’ve not even heard of this historic religious site before. It sounds amazing and looks like an incredible visit. I can’t wait to nose around your site and learn about some of the other places you’ve visited. Thanks for the invite to join your link-up!

    • Dana Carmel

      You’re very welcome – thanks for participating!

  • Wow Dana – you really go everywhere! Good thing you traveled here during cooler weather. The place looks a bit dry to me. The heat must be unbearable in the Summer. I have seen photos of balloon flights over Cappadocia. After the Egypt accident some months ago I think my feet will remain on the ground.

    • Dana Carmel

      I know – we considered a hot air balloon ride, but they were way too expensive. Plus, I was reading reviews about certain companies and many reported of near-miss accidents. No thank you! Terra firma for me! 😉

  • Those photos are amazing! I would love to visit that site!

    • Dana Carmel

      You definitely should – it’s very peaceful up there!

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