Avanos is known for its pottery workshops since the time of the Hittites and is also located on the Kizilirmak coast. While ceramic making was the main livelihood of the district, most of the stone houses with courtyards in the village, which has plenty of slopes, have been turned into ceramic workshops.
Pasabagları Orenyeri, in my opinion, is one of the most important places to visit in Cappadocia. In this valley, where interesting examples of fairy chimney with cap formations can be seen, there are also the most photogenic of the impressive Cappadocia fairy chimneys. While very close to Zelve on the Goreme-Avanos road, it is also called the Valley of the Priests or the Valley of the Monks. As the name suggests, the valley and its surroundings, a region used by monks as hermitages, are surrounded by souvenir shops.
The valley, named after Saint Simeon Stilit, a wandering saint who first came here, was the favorite retreat of a group of monks called "stilites" who lived a life away from earthly blessings. The monks lived in these 'fairy chimneys with black basalt cones', sometimes two or even three. One of the three conical fairy chimneys is a small church dedicated to St. Simeon Stilit. There is a Monastic Cell at the top.
Zelve Pasabaglar Oren Place visiting hours are 08 AM – 07 PM in the summer period (April 1 - October 31), 08 AM – 05 PM in the winter period (October 31 - April 1). Open to visitors 7 days a week. The entrance fee at Zelve Pasabaglar Oren Place, where the museum pass is valid, is 20 Turkish Lira.
Devrent Valley, located in Avanos geography, is also known as Hayal Valley or Perili Valley. One end of the U-shaped valley leads to Dervent and the other to Kizilcukur. The middle part is called Zelve and Pasabaglari. The fairy chimneys in the valley, which is only 10 minutes away from Goreme, create silhouettes that can be compared to many animals and people. In this must-see region of Cappadocia, which is also famous for its fairy chimney, which resembles the famous camel figure, the Virgin Mary fairy chimney, which looks like an open-handed nun, is one of the values worth seeing.
Cavusin Village is one of the oldest settlements in the Cappadocia region. Cavusin, which was built on and around a giant rock that cracked and then collapsed, is located 6 kilometers from Goreme on the Goreme-Avanos road. It is one of the many rock carving settlements in the region and what makes it different from the others is that the newly established village is now intertwined with the old Cavusin, after the evacuation works of the rock houses that started in the 1950s. In other words, this place was left as a museum that is still alive, unlike Zelve.
The oldest structure of the village, which is a region where Christian dervishes and communities live, is the Church of St. John the Baptist, dating from the fifth century, while Kizilcukur and Gulludere Valleys, where 12 churches are located, start from the border of Cavusin, which is connected to Avanos. The Crusader Church, near Gulludere, was also used for defense against the invasions of Muslim Arabs.
When you enter the old village, there is a beautiful tea garden under the shade of a large walnut tree, while there is a walking path in front of the garden. After seeing the old mosque of the village, which is a typical example of Seljuk Mosque, lead yourself to the walking path to reach the top of the old village. After seeing the magnificent view of Kizilcukur Valley, descend to the square of the new village from the other slope of the hill.