A view of Ishak Castle and Erciyes from our Miletus Mansion…
Satrapia Hotel which is accompanied by white foothills of Erciyes Mountain is located in Ortahisar Castle. Ortahisar is located on Nevşehir-Ürgüp highway, 5 km from Ürgüp and surrounded by Kızılçukur Valley, Ürgüp three fairy chimneys and magnificent vineyard. In Ortahisar, there is Ortahisar castle which is 110 m long and known as the biggest Fairy Chimney of Turkey. Satrapia Hotel is only 232 m from Ortahisar Castle. At the foothills of castle, there exist civilian architectural samples of Cappadocia and they are welcoming visitors yearly.
Another castle neighbour to Satrapia is Ishak Castle which is one of the most important structures of historical Cappadocia region and had been used as defense and life zones in the past.
It is known that there had been a tunnel linking these two important castles to each other and people from the war era had gone to their temples and homes through that tunnel.
In cold storages made by engraving the Ortahisar slopes, potatoes and apples which were grown in the vicinity and oranges and lemons from Mediterranean Region are stored. Sarica Church, Cambazli Church, Tavsanli Church, Balkan Deresi Churches and Hallac Dere Monastery are some of the extremely interesting monasteries and churches that draw attantion in Ortahisar Valleys.
In brief, Satrapia Hotel extending from Karya Mansion to Miletus Mansion provides unique combination of nature and history which is close enough to accompany you in any moment.
60 millions years ago in the 3rd geologic era, Taurus mountains rose in Cappadocia. With the compression of North Anatolian Plateau, Erciyes, Hasandağı and Güllüdağ volcanoes started ro erupt and spewed lava in the region. Ashes accumulated in plateau formed a soft tuff layer. The top of tuff layer was partly covered by a thin layer of lava which was constituted from rough basalt. Basalt cracked and was broken to pieces. Rain water leaking through these cracks caused to corrosion of the soft tuff. Warming and cooling air and wind also joined this formation. Thus, cones with rough-basalt-rock hats were formed. People named this distinctly and amazingly shaped rocks as “Fairy Chimneys”.
Cappadocia containing Kırşehir, Niğde, Aksaray, Kayseri and Nevşehir, in particular is one of the most special regions of Anatolia, where nature and history are in perfect harmony.
As the geographical events had been forming Fairy Chimneys, people had carved houses and churches into Fairy Chimneys and decorated them with frescoes. Thus, they carried traces of the thousands-year-old civilizations into present. The written history of Cappadocia where human settlements date back to paleolithic era begins with Hittites. Cappadocia that harboured merchant colonies throughout the history and built a commercial and social bridge between countries is one of the important crossroads of the Silk Road.