29.08.2009 - 29.08.2009 30 °C
In the morning we made a stop a tthe Sultanhani Caravanserai. This was built in the 13th Century by the Seljuk Sultan Alaettin Keykubad I and is the largest caravanserai of its period in Turkey. It is located between the city of Konya and the town of Aksaray and was used as a stopping off place for the camel caravans that plied the trade routes along the ancient Silk Road. The caravanserai has two main areas - one for the animals to board and the other for their owners and other travellers. For the human guests, accommodation was laid out around a large courtyard with a mosque in the centre, raised up on a tower.
After lunch we visited the Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It holds the greatest concentration of rock cut chapels and monasteries. It was indeed very breath taking. The churches have beautiful frescoes and it's very cool inside and provides protection from the intense heat.
On the way to the hotel we stopped to see how Turkish rugs are made. We found out that it's very hard work and that a medium sized rug could take up to 3 months to make. They use a double knot method. We also saw how the individual threads are made from the silk worms.
In the evening we went to a folklore show which was in a cave. We were given unlimited supply of beverages and also had turkish appetizers. The dances were from different parts of Turkey and depicted village life. There was also a belly dancer who was really good. Some of us went up to boogie at one point :-)