Ayazini village, located in the Phrygian Valley, boasts an amazing resemblance to the Cappadocian landscape, well-known to many travelers. In its vicinity, there are beautiful valleys that encourage hiking, and unusual rock formations, including - so-called fairy chimneys. In the village, you can find a church, tombs, and houses carved into a rock. All these attractions have one significant advantage over Cappadocia - as Ayazini is rarely visited by tourists so it can be explored and enjoyed in solitude.
One of the most impressive free-standing monuments in the Phrygian Valley is the so-called Aslankaya i.e. the Lion's Rock. This religious sanctuary from the mid-sixth century BC was dedicated to the goddess Cybele, one of the most prominent figures of the Phrygian pantheon. Aslankaya owes its discovery to the Western world to William M. Ramsey, a Scottish archaeologist. He found this place and thoroughly described it in 1884. In 1997, another study of Aslankaya was conducted by T. Tüfekçi-Sivas.
10 heritage sites from the area of Turkey have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Tentative List recently. With these new additions, Turkey has 70 sites on the tentative list. It is the highest number of natural and cultural heritage sites on the UNESCO tentative list.
The modest ruins of the ancient city of Aureliane are a serious challenge, both for travelers and for the lovers of historical puzzles. To reach Aureliane, travelers must turn off the main route that runs in an arc around the Gulf of Edremit, and find Büyükdere village near the town of Havran, concealed among a tangle of narrow rural paths.
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