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Argos in Cappadocia, Turkish heritage at its best

Perched high above the village of Uchisar, this serenely beautiful and utterly unique hotel is built from ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels and is perfectly located for the exploration of all of Cappadocia’s treasures.

Celebrating Cappadocia’s tradition of cave dwellings, Argos in Cappadocia provides 40 spacious rooms that open onto balconies, terraces and secluded courtyards, often with splendid views of neighboring Pigeon Valley and distant peaks. Capturing the feel and texture of timeless stone and wood, each room is different, designed as a fusion of ancient and contemporary styles. All Splendid Suites even have their own private in-suite swimming pool.

Other features of the Argos in Cappadocia include the Seki Restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the valley and “fairy chimneys.” It uses locally grown products and spices to create the ideal combination of regional cuisine with international fare. The hotel’s huge cellar, housed in its own caves, showcases bottles from its own Kalecik Karasi and Shiraz vineyards as well as other Cappadocian selections. Bezirhane, a spectacular event space over 26 feet high with giant stone walls and pillars, is situated in the two-thousand year old underground monastery and can accommodate up to 120 people for special events.

After a rigorous restoration process, Argos in Cappadocia which has been in commission since 2010 is regarded as one of the largest transformation projects in private sector with unique scale and characteristics, not only in Turkey but also in the world. Argos in Cappadocia which emerge as the result of the restoration of a thousand of years old monastery campus, connected caves, sub-terrain tunnels and historical houses, is assimilated within the historical village, scattered fractionally on the hilltop that overlooks to the Guvercinlik Valley of Uchisar Village.

While passive energy like solar, wind and soil are used in the other restoration projects, the most important element of ecology unique to the region is the tufa stone that is the best tool for isolation. Therefore, to know the potential of the region and behave accordingly, are critical. In the example of Argos in Cappadocia; regarding the relation of culture-tourism, contrary to the fears, a tourism development model where the historical footsteps are preserved and relayed with fidelity, where a traditional village, in the verge of extinction by being abandoned, attains to a new life and where the balance of protection-usage has a tendency to history, steps up.

Argos in Cappadocia gained a lot of attention in a short amount time in international scale because of its capability to bring the different approaches together; a restoration concept that preserves the natural resources and ecological potential of the region and puts them in practical use in terms of the architectural texture, improvement of local water sources, winery and support to local wine culture, communizing the applications where the wastes are recycled and transformed to public benefit etc. As a result of all this, the hotel has been honored with different awards. In the upcoming year, Argos in Cappadocia also aims to use the water of its own natural springs after they are purified as due to high mineral levels, the water cannot be used directly, in the irrigation of the hotel’s gardens and vineyards.

After a rigorous restoration process of 15 years, argos in Cappadocia is regarded as one of the largest transformation projects in private sector with unique scale and characteristics, not only in Turkey but also in the world and is recognized by its different approach to the relation of culture-tourism as contrary to the fears, it emerges as a tourism development model where the historical footsteps are preserved and relayed with fidelity, where a traditional village, in the verge of extinction by being abandoned, attains to a new life and where the balance of protection-usage has a tendency to history, steps up.

Gökşin Ilıcalı- Managing Partner of argos in Cappadocia


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This entry was published on May 4, 2012 at 10:31 am. It’s filed under Argos in Cappadocia, EcoLuxury Retreats of the World, Middle East, Turkey and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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