Paşabağ or Monks Valley has the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. It is mid-way between Göreme and Avanos. The fairy chimneys here have the look like giant mushrooms, many of them double or triple-headed, sitting on broad pedestal shaped bases. These multiple headed fairy chimneys make Paşabağ unique.
The name Monk’s valley is perhaps because monks used to take refuge here. St Simeon is said to have lived as a hermit inside one of the 15-metre high fairy chimneys and descended only sometimes to get food and drink brought by his disciples. The locals prefer to call this valley ‘Paşabağ’, which translated is Governor’s vineyard. The fairy chimneys with prominent heads looks like the Paşas (Ottoman governers) with their huge turbans on.
For the best view of Monks Valley and its fairy chimneys, follow the cobblestone path up to the top of a ridge. It is quiet, peaceful up there, without the clamour of and the view from there is stunning.
Paşabağ may not be as as fascinating as Göreme or Zelve, but has a good charm of its own.
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