Paşabağ (Monk’s Vineyard)


Paşabağ (Monk’s Vineyard)

Paşabağ is also known as Monk’s Vineyard. It is situated about 1 km off the Göreme-Avanos road to Zelve. Several fairy chimneys, some housing chapels unique to this area and living areas can be found here in this region. The capped fairy chimneys have a conical body which is made of tuff and volcanic ash. The hat part consists of hard rocks. It means that the rock type forms the hat  and the hat is more durable than the body. This is the primary reason for how the fairy chimneys are formed.

In Paşabağ, St.Simeon chapel and hermit’s shelter are in one of these chimneys with three hats. You can reach the cell through an entrance with a chimney-like narrow tunnel decorated with crosses. They carved out the chimneys from top to bottom and created rooms 10-15 m high. They used to sleep on beds made from rock, and were fed by locals via buckets on ropes lowered down from their lofty perches.


How Can I Go To Pasabag In Cappadocia?

Pasabag’s Monk’s Vineyard, also known as Pasabag, is located in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, near the town of Avanos. To get there, you can fly into one of the nearby airports, such as Kayseri Erkilet Airport or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport, and then take a taxi or rental car to Pasabag. Alternatively, you can take a bus or train to the city of Nevsehir and then take a taxi or public transportation to Pasabag.

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Once you arrive at Pasabag, you can explore the unique rock-cut chimneys and structures, which are believed to have been used as monastic cells by early Christian monks. You can also visit the vineyards and wineries in the area and try some of the local wines. Other attractions in the area include the nearby underground cities, the Zelve Open Air Museum, and the Goreme Open Air Museum.

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