Monday, April 30, 2007
Four-hundred historical houses in the Uchisar district of one of Turkey’s most important tourism centers, Cappadocia, have been turned into restaurants, boutique hotels and pensions.Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Uchisar Mayor Mustafa Zuhal said the houses from the late Ottoman period and early republic period have been an attraction for foreign tourists visiting the region since the 1990s.
“The historical houses of the Cappadocia region have been restored with the permission of the Nevşehir Committee for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Structures and opened as hotels, restaurants and pensions. The French mostly manage such venues. Some German, Italian and the U.S. tourists buy these venues and enjoy their holidays. They add value to the region.”He said despite boutique hotels being more expensive than 4-5 star hotels, the natural environment has a positive impact on tourists.
Zühal said more than 100 historical structures were being turned into boutique hotels, adding that interest in historical houses enlivened tourism and that prices for those house range between 100,000-150,000 euros.