About Urgup Town in Cappadocia Turkey,
The town of Urgup is in the midst of Anatolia. It is administratively connected to the province of Nevsehir. The name Origin was derived from the words UR and KUP. UR means “rock” and KUP means “a lot of”. Origin was an important town of the Seljukian Empire and kept its importance during the Ottoman rule, too. The town is 1060 meters above the sea level and the area i§ 574 square km Urgup has a population of 6400 (In 1970). That of the villages is 30.000. Besides being the most important center of Christianity in Cappadocia, Urgup has a significant place in the history of Seljukian and Ottoman art. There are more than enough motels, hotels, and boarding houses in the town. Urgup is a place where the visitors can comfortably accommodate and spend a few nice days.
The Museum Of Urgup
Archeological and ethnographic remains are exhibited in the museum. Archeological remains of the Hittite, Roman and Byzantine Ages are in the first section. Ethnographic works of the Ottoman Age are in the second section. Especially men’s and women’s gowns of the Ottoman Period exhibited in the second section are worth seeing. Also, in the museum yard, inscriptions and statues of the Byzantine, Seljukian, and Ottoman Periods are being displayed.
The tomb, built by a prince for his wife and children, is located in the Lycee yard. An interesting point is that it was used by the local people for defensive purposes against the Ottoman plunder. Returning defeated from the war of Nizip, the soldiers attempted to ravage the town. The bullet-marks of this fight are still on the walls.
Karamanoglu Mosque (Grand Mosque)
It was built by Keyhusrev in the 13th century. Keeping its original elegance it is still used as a mosque. The grave of Sheikh-ul-Islam Hayri Efendi, the father of primetime minister Suat Hayri Orgiiplii, is in the yard.
Tomb Of Nukrettin
It was built by Vecihi Pasha in 1286 and dedicated to Kilicaslan the 4th. It is on top of the Temenni Hill and at present used as a place of devotion.
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