Its oldest name was ‘Nyssa’ while the
first settlements date back to 3000 BC. The castle which stands
at the highest point of the city is a good
example of the interesting left-overs from the Seljuk period.
Dating back to 1726, the Kursunlu Mosque has an impressive compound
of structures and a medresse surrounding it. Gulsehir, and Hacibektas
which is the town where Haci Bektas Veli settled in the 14th
century, and set up his own Bektas Dervish order which was based
on love and humanism. Hacibektas is famous for its onyx souvenirs.
A perfect starting point for extensively visiting the area,
Nevsehir is the capital of the Cappadocia region. Although
the Hellenistic kingdom of Cappadocia once encompassed a much
greater area, the name now refers to the region east of Konya
that is defined by Aksaray to the west, Kayseri to the east,
Nigde to the south and Kirsehir to the north. Guide books and
tour buses focus on the underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu
as well as the rock formations and Byzantine churches found
within the triangular area bounded by Avanos, Nevsehir and Urgup.
about the area.