June 27, 2019

Aksaray Intersection At The Silk Road

When most people think of Turkey, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the great bazaars in Istanbul may come to mind.  But Turkey is much more than this.  It is a land is completely filled with the tradition and culture of a marvelous history.  It also has a long and very knowledgeable history to tell too.  Turkey has many key cities, one of which is Aksaray.  This article will discuss this amazing city in-depth.

Why Aksaray?

Turkey has many great cities to visit:  Istanbul and Izmir are two of them.  So what is so great about Aksaray which is a Turkish town which is off of the beaten path?  Aksaray has many historic landmarks, points of interest, and underground cities.  It is also a haven for those seeking out religious and spiritual healing tours. 

About Aksaray

Aksaray’s civilization stretches back more than 10,000 years to 8000 BCE.  Its first civilization was Asikili.  Aksaray also has many points of interest including the Asikili,  Mount Hasandagi, the silk road, and the Sultan’s Inn.

Want to know the best part?

Aksaray has a historic and famous mound called Asikli Hoyuk.  This mound is home to the oldest village of the new stone age in Anatolia (the older name for Turkey) and the Middle East.  Turkey was one of the few regions in the Near East where Christianity was actually allowed to flourish.  This is the reason why Aksaray played a key role in the history of early Christianity.  The town cultivated such bright religious minds like Basil of Caesaria, and Gregory of Nazanius.  They were important figures in the 4th century C.E. early Christianity. 

More Chunks of History

Aksaray played a key role in the formation of a new set of monastic rules which were designed to bring reform to the clergy and to Christianity in general.  The town played an important role in history because it hosted the historic Council of Iznik. It was convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine in his quest to make Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century C.E. His inspiration came from a vision he had in which he saw a cross in the sky with the words, “With this cross thou shalt conquer!”  He won the battle he was fighting in and attributed his success to his vision prior to the battle. 

Belisirma which is close to Aksaray is famous for its churches which are cut out of the rock which forms the mountains there.  These types of churches were prevalent in early Christianity.  The same is true of the towns of Ilhara and Gelveri.  The great Anatolian monk Gregory lived in Gelveri.

So Come To Aksaray

Now that you have tantalizing gems of information which tell you all about Aksaray, you probably find the town interesting. This place is famous for its cultural heritage too. You should satisfy your interest and curiosity in Aksaray by visiting it on your next vacation!