Explore the Valleys of Cappadocia - Church with Columns in Rose Valley

By Expedicionario76 | Aug 24, 2020
Middle East > Turkey > Cappadocia > Rose Valley

Güllüdere Vadisi or popularly known as Rose Valley, has a little bit of everything, churches, caves, tunnels, dovecotes, farms, side valleys, multiple trails, and amazing landscapes.
The lower trail of the valley is about 2.1 km / 1.3 mi. It goes from east to west, between Sunset Point and Meskendir Valley, around 2 - 3 hours, always depending on the pauses for pictures and appreciating the beautiful sceneries.

At Sunset Point you will take the trail to your left, Rose Valley

At Sunset Point you will take the trail to your left, Rose Valley

Sunset Point is the perfect place to start the hike since it is higher, and it makes it easier and more enjoyable.
You have several alternatives to get there; you can take the public bus, one-way ticket 5 to 8 lira (depending on where you get the bus) and you can walk from the Nevsehir-Ürgüp highway to Sunset Point, about 2km.
If you are staying in Ortahisar, you can walk to Sunset Point.

Here a useful tip, wherever you are staying in Cappadocia, get to the "finish point" of your hike and start from there; once you finish your walk, you will be close to your next destination, such a walking back to your accommodation.

Cappadocia, Land of Beautiful Horses

Cappadocia, Land of Beautiful Horses

Road to Rose & Red Valley

Despite its popularity, Rose Valley preserves an appealing feeling of remoteness and seclusion -it is easy to see what drew ancient settlements, which carved their home in the rocks here between the 6th and 11th centuries.
Except near Sunset Point, it's unusual to find the valley over-crowded.

Half way to Sunset Point - Rose Valley to the left

Half way to Sunset Point - Rose Valley to the left

The highlight of this trail is the Church with Columns (Kolonlu Kilise). Keep in mind that the name on the stone trail markers will display in Turkish Güllüdere II - Rose Valley II, and some signage in English.

Rose Valley entrance

Rose Valley entrance

Rose Valley to the left

Rose Valley to the left

From the Sunset Point, the church with Columns or Kolonlu Kilise is about 1 km; there is some little signage along the way, still, keep your eyes wide open to don't miss it.

Wrong way! Keep the eyes open, there is always a sign!

Wrong way! Keep the eyes open, there is always a sign!

The Church with Columns (Kolonlu Kilise) is impressive from the moment you approach; it seems nothing like a church, has a tiny entrance and few openings along the rock and dovecotes carved into the façade, a valuable bridge that invites to explore the cave.
Once inside, you have to go up a few steps, and then to your right, you will be amazed by the architecture of the place and the massive columns that support the high ceilings of this remarkable place.

Entrance of the Church with Columns

Entrance of the Church with Columns

Façade

Façade

Entrance to the Church (from the interior)

Entrance to the Church (from the interior)

A flashlight is recommendable (along with water, right hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses) the first part of the church is a bit dark. Still, once inside, the light is enough to appreciate this ancient wonder in Cappadocia, known to be built around the 10th Century.

First sight of the columns

First sight of the columns

The graceful apse has a seating area around designated for the clergy.
The columns provide not only decoration to the church but support, the cave was carved out around them.

Main Chamber

Main Chamber

Church Interior (Nave)

Church Interior (Nave)

The church is also known as Big Cave Church or Sütunlu Church. There are no frescoes inside; this church is all about architecture.

Main Chamber

Main Chamber

View from a second chamber of the church

View from a second chamber of the church

Once you finish discovering the church, you can continue exploring the valley, making your way back to Sunset Point or finishing the loop, Rose- Red Valley, stop by in Cavusin, or back to Göreme.

Surrounded area - Rose Valley

Surrounded area - Rose Valley

Surrounded area - Rose Valley

Surrounded area - Rose Valley

Suppose you want to see a church with beautiful frescos inside, a few meters up from the Church with Columns there is another cave-church, with lovely frescoes, Haçli Kilise or the Church with the Cross, worth the visit.

Signage along the track to the Church with the Cross

Signage along the track to the Church with the Cross

Church with the Cross - Interior

Church with the Cross - Interior

Close to the Church with the Cross, there is usually a local man selling fresh fruit juice or tea, it is a friendly meeting point, there are generally other travellers taking a well-deserved break.

Valley History Hiking Geology

Share this tip:

Written by Expedicionario76
I have been traveling most of my life, and reading other travelers' blogs helps reach those hidden magical places, where you meet the locals, an ancient site, something delicious to eat, or an incredible landscape. I like to discover the world independently, on foot in my way, and at my own pace. I hope these tips help you enhance your experience if you visit the same places, or maybe, you would like to include these places in your bucket list. Thank you for reading until here, let's the journey begins!

Thoughts? Questions?

See also

Accommodations

Tours and activities

Cappadocia Winter Wonderland Horseback Riding

We want you to experience Cappadocia's magical winters on Horseback! Let's take ride through the Valleys and Fairy Chimneys in this unique region.

Classic Tour in Armenia

Want to travel to Armenia, get acquainted with its rich cultural heritage, historic and natural attractions, taste the most authentic Armenian food,  then it is the right time to visit the first Christian country in the world.

Coronavirus Information & Resources