ancient city of Kayseri (KA-ee-seh-ree,
Caesarea, alt. 3458 feet/1054 meters,
pop. 900,000) on the eastern
edge of Cappadocia
(map), has outstanding Seljuk
Turkish architecture (1100s
to 1200s) and interesting bazaars.
in the shadow of Erciyes Dağı (Mount
Argeus, 3916 meters; 12,848 feet),
Kayseri's historic buildings
contrast with the sparkling ski
slopes on Erciyes.
of Kayseri's grand old buildings
are made of dark, sombre
volcanic stone, so
volcanic tufa of Cappadocian buildings.
Kayseri's Citadel and
great mosques and medreses are
still impressive Seljuk
of art. Here's
what to see and do.
can see most of Kayseri's
sights in a morning
or afternoon excursion from your
base in Ürgüp, Göreme,
or another Cappadocian
town, by minibus
or your own car (map).
The best place to stay is the Hilton Kayseri
citizens are renowned in Turkey for
their commercial acumen—in
other words, they're known as sharp
But you'll find friendliness if you
visit the city's two historic market
the Bedesten and
the Vezir Hanı,
both near the Ulu Cami (Great
Mosque) in the city center.
Kayseri's outskirts are several grand Seljuk
Turkish caravanserais, the Sultan
Han and the Karatay
Han, left from the days
of the Silk Road.
a major transport nexus for
the region, with daily flights from/to Istanbul,
a train station,
and a busy bus station.
of Kayseri: Atatürk monument,
historic clock tower,
and Kayseri Hilton Hotel.