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“An old small village set in a beautiful valley - don't forget to buy some dolls”
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

Soganli is a peaceful little village set on a hillside in the Saganli valley. Few and mainly old people live there now as the young have moved out. A beautiful rock cut church lies a short walk away with black frescoes mostly undisturbed by defacement. From there is a great view of the valley and if the sun is shining, it beams off the rock pinnacle on the other side of the valley. At the entrance to the village sit old women who make the famous traditional Saganli dolls. They will show you how they make them as well as sell you some - they are well worth it for presents and help support the old people of the village. True Cappadocia is found here, where it has been for a thousand years.

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Reviewed 31 October 2015

The site is away from the mainstream attractions of Cappadocia and ideally visited with your own transport. There are several rock churches in the site, some with fairly well preserved frescos. It is possible to drive in the site and park almost right in front of the churches except two which are reached on a short path along a slope including the hidden church. As the name implies one might just walk past it without entering the church itself. It is probably a better choice exploring the site on foot if time permits it.

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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We arranged a driver to take us on a half-day driving tour of the valley on our way to the airport. The natural setting is absolutely beautiful, and there are fewer tourists here than in more popular locations like Goreme Open Air Museum. The frescoes are not as well preserved as those at Goreme Open Air Museum, but the viewing experience is much more enjoyable. There is a gentle hiking loop that ends in the ruins of a small village - lovely. We had lunch at Soganli Cappadocia Restaurant at the entrance to the valley - don't miss their home baked bread, fresh churned sweet butter and on our visit, a hot clay plate with a delicious beef, tomato, pepper dish. The visit to Soganli Valley was a peaceful highlight of our trip to Cappadocia.

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Reviewed 5 September 2015

Visited here while staying at Mustafapasa. It took about an hour maximum to drive there. We went as we like sites and areas less visited and we were not disappointed. The drive to the village was beautiful and scenic in itself.
. Do stop at Tokali(Buckle) Kilise on the right before the ticket office. Steep steps up to it but well worth it. We then drove up each valley in turn parking at the sign for each church. All are worth visiting but our favourites were Kubeli and Sakli - the domed church and the hidden church. They are reached along a pathh on the other side of the stream from the road from the delightful cafe at the top of the right hand valley by the Snake church. Do stop here for a drink or lunch as the owners who have been operating for three years were lovely and it is a pretty shaded garden by the stream to sit in for a while.
For the average person the walking is easy. We spent 4.5 hours in the valleys even using the car so allow all day really to fully appreciate it
An absolutely beautiful tranquil spot

Thank mabel98
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

A beautiful valley with gardens and poplar trees growing near the river bed and surrounded by impressive mountains.
It is very peaceful as not as popular as other sites.
It is important to note that the valley is no longer inhabited (the village was evacuated because of erosion and fall of rocks about 15 years ago). The ladies who sell dolls and other items come from the neaby village.
There are some plaques with explanations near the churches, which is quite exceptional for Turkish tourist sites. However, so much more information would be useful and so many questions about the rock dwellings remain unanswered. A proper open air museum should have information to educate the tourist about the site they are visiting and the life in these sites throughout history.

Thank seasaltsand
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