Urgup

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   Urgup is a town and a district of Nevsehir Province  in Cappadocia, Turkey. It is renowned for its nightlife, and its better adjustment to tourism than nearby Goreme, making it a popular night stop for Cappadocia tourists.Urgup which was founded on the outskirts of the hill named as Hill of Wishes is located about 20 km north of the Nevsehir province in one of the first settlement areas of Cappadocia region. In the Byzantine period it was called Osiana, Hagios, Prokopios. During the Seljuks period it was referred to as Bashisar and in the period of Ottomans as Burgut Castle. Until the first years of the Turkish Republic it was called Urgup. Urgup was also the patriarchate center of the Cappadocia region during the Byzantine period. The Uzumlu Church, Cambazli Church and Sarica Church in Ortahisar are the oldest rock churches from the region. Furthermore the Tavsanli Church and Church of Saint Basileious are also spectacular places. Urgup known for it’s famous cave hotels, wines and hand made carpets is the most important tourism center of the Cappadocia Region. The old cave houses were restored as touristy cave hotels. They can be rented and used without damaging their historic structure. Among the cave hotels some of the caves have converted to nightclubs and bars.