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“Unique Fairy Chimneys”
Review of Pasabag

Pasabag
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Lunch, from Goreme
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Urgup
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

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.

3  Thank Angshu
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived by walking from the Goreme-Urgup Road, but didn't hang around for long. There are far too many tour buses and crowds, touts and tourists shops etc for there to be any hope of enjoyment. And anyway there are much better examples of the fairy chimney landscape feature in the neighbourhood - in particuar near Goreme, in the Love Valley and near the Church of the Evil Eye 10 minutes walk off the road to the Goreme Open-air Museum.

1  Thank Bevan M
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

The geological formation all around Cappadocia valley cannot be described!!! The only that a visitor wants to see all of them again and again. It is a geological miracle as it is the one of Grand Canyon in USA and Meteora in Greece.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Some of the sites and sights in Cappadocia feel as if they were taken from outer space / science fiction. This is among the best examples of fairy chimneys and provides more insights into what it was like to live there.

1  Thank Ian L
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

The fairy chimneys here were mostly mushroom shaped. Many more of these exist on this site than the others. If you ask me, they looked like private parts of the male anatomy. Either way, they were stunning and certainly worth the visit. Many opportunities for cool pictures here.

Thank OzziesPiddles
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