Near the citadel in the town center, the külliye of Hunat Hatun was the first
mosque complex to be built by the Seljuks in Anatolia. It consist of a mosque (1237-38),
and one of the most beautiful examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey, the
thirteenth-century medrese. This former theological college has an open courtyard and two eyvans
(vaulted chambers open at the front) and nowadays houses the citys ethnographic museum
Hunat Hatun, Greek wife of Sultan Keykubad.
The archaeological museum certainly the best museum in the region, containing some of
the most interesting artefacts to be found in Cappadocia. The first room deals with the
Hittites, their cuneiform writing and hieroglyphics, and includes a fascinating Hittite
rock relief from Develi and the head of sphinx. The rest of the museum is mainly dedicated
to finds from the excavations of Kültepe.
The Güpgüpoğlu House, just inside the city walls is a restored Ottoman family home
dating from the fifteenth century. Its been arranged as a museum of ethnography.
The surroundings of Kayseri
Mt. Erciyes is only 30 km away from Kayseri, which has one of the nicest ski-runs in
Sultan Sazlığı, which is world famous for
birdmatchers and 301 different species of birds and is one of the bird paradises in the
world, is in Kayseri.
Aladağlar National Park, whose major parts are also in
Kayseri, is visited with great interest by an increasing number of people each year.
The Kapuzbaşı Falls, The Hacer Forests and
the Seven Lake District are wonders of nature
with their diverse natural features.
Soğanlı Valley, which is an important extension of
Cappadocia region, is famous for its churches carved into rocks. Authentic hand made linen
dolls in the region also attract attention.