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For other places with the same name, see Güzelyurt (disambiguation).
Location of Güzelyurt within Turkey.
Location of Güzelyurt within Turkey.
Coordinates: 38°17′N 34°22′E / 38.283°N 34.367°E / 38.283; 34.367
Country  Turkey
Region Central Anatolia
Province Aksaray
 • Governor Ramazan Yıldırım
 • Mayor Kudret Özeş (AKP)
 • District 322.25 km2 (124.42 sq mi)
Elevation 1,485 m (4,872 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 2,672
 • District 12,527
 • District density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 68xxx
Area code(s) 0382
Licence plate 68
Website www.guzelyurt.gov.tr

Güzelyurt, formerly Gelveri, is a town and district of Aksaray Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, at a distance of 45 km (28 mi) from the city of Aksaray. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 16,836 of which 3,775 live in the town of Güzelyurt.[3][4] The district covers an area of 322 km2 (124 sq mi),[5] and the average elevation is 1,485 m (4,872 ft).

This is an area of great natural beauty and historical importance, part of the ancient region of Cappadocia, near the much-visited Ihlara Valley.


Cappadocia has an important place in the history of Christianity and Gregory of Nazianzus lived in the area. A historically large Greek population existed in the area until the 1924 population exchange (see Cappadocian Greeks), when they were replaced with the Turks from Thessaloniki and Kavala.

Places of interest[edit]

Güzelyurt is known for having three underground cities and over 50 churches carved into the rocky volcanic landscape including:

  • Ihlara Valley
  • Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi"
  • Fairy Chimneys, "Peri Bacaları"
  • Antique Greek houses
  • Ahmatlı Church
  • St. Anargiros Church, "Sivişli Kilise"
  • Koç Church
  • Cathedral of Selime
  • The rock monastery of Selime, one of the largest religious buildings in Cappadocia.
  • Red Church, "Kızıl Kilise" - a 5th or 6th century church in the village of Sivrihisar
  • Analipsis Church, "Yüksek Kilise" (High Church) on the hill of Analipsis. Stone age relics have been found nearby.
  • St. Gregorius Church, "Kilise Cami" - another rock-hewn church, in use today as a mosque
  • St. Spyridon Church, "Kızıl Kilise" - another red church in the vicinity of Güzelyurt.

Other places of interest include...

  • The tomb of Selime Sultan in the village of Selime.
  • Linseed House, "Bezirhane" in the village of Belisırma.
  • Ziga thermal springs, "Ziga kaplıcaları" is located in the village of Yaprakhisar very close to Ihlara Valley.
  • A recently discovered underground city is situated in Gaziemir village of Güzelyurt.[6]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute. "Census 2000, Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey" (XLS) (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  4. ^ GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  5. ^ Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  6. ^ Governorship of Aksaray, Turkey. "Underground cities in Aksaray". Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 


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Coordinates: 38°16′38″N 34°22′19″E / 38.27722°N 34.37194°E / 38.27722; 34.37194