The ancient city of Sobesos

One of the most important historic sites in Cappadocia, in the heart of Turkey, the ancient city of Sobesos attracts fewer tourists than other sites in the region. A surprising fact, given the treasure trove of remains from Roman times.

Founded in the 4th century by the Roman Empire, the ancient city of Sobesos is the only known Roman town in the region. Lost in the middle of a green field, the city was only discovered in 2002, so excavations are still underway, making the visit even more interesting for archaeology enthusiasts. During your visit, you'll be able to see a great deal of the site, including the ancient thermal baths, the basilica, the Agora and the Roman cemetery, giving you an idea of the living conditions of the ancient inhabitants.

Ruins of the ancient city of Sobesos, Cappadocia (Turkey)

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How do I get to the ancient city of Sobesos?

The ancient city of Sobesos is located near the village of Şahinefendi, around twenty kilometres south of Ürgrüp. It takes around 20-30 minutes to drive to the site. On the way, be sure to stop off at the village of Cemil, an unspoilt area where the locals have preserved their traditional way of life.

On the way to Sobesos from Ürgrüp, stop off at the small village of Cemil

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If you are staying in the capital of Cappadocia, Kayseri, the journey to Sobesos will take just under 1 hour. Unfortunately, there is very little of interest on this route, most of which follows a secondary road.

How much does it cost to visit the ancient city of Sobesos?

Good news for travellers on a tight budget: access to the archaeological site of the ancient city of Sobesos is completely free.

Ruins of the ancient city of Sobesos, Cappadocia (Turkey)

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Visit the ancient city of Sobesos with a guide

To find out more about living conditions at the time, we recommend exploring Sobesos alongside a guide. A number of tour operators and independent local guides offer day trips from the major towns nearby: Göreme, Nevşehir, Ürgrüp, etc. These excursions, either in groups or privately, will enable you to discover a number of interesting tourist sites in the region.

Cappadocia: day trip to private sacred churches Cappadocia

Cappadocia: day trip to private sacred churches

In one day, discover the monastery of Keslik, the Soganlı valley and the ancient Roman town of Sobesos.

⭐ Where to stay near the ancient city of Sobesos?

Despite the strong tourist interest in the ancient city of Sobesos, there is currently little –if any– accommodation in the direct vicinity of the site. The nearest hotels are located some fifteen kilometres to the north, in the village of Mustafapaşa.

View of the village of Mustafapaşa, a few kilometers north of the ancient city of Sobesos.

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Among them, the AJWA Cappadocia and Seraphim Cave Suites & Spa invite you to relax with their tasteful decor, indoor swimming pools and top-of-the-range services. Large families will be delighted with a comfortable flat for 7 people at Acan Apart.

Seraphim Cave Suites & SPA Cappadocia

Seraphim Cave Suites & SPA

Located 6.7 km from the Urgup Museum

If you don't have your own vehicle and prefer to discover Sobesos as part of a guided tour, you can easily find a hotel, gite or other accommodation solution in the towns of Ürgrüp, Göreme or Kayseri.

🍴 Where to eat near the ancient city of Sobesos?

As with accommodation, there are no restaurants or cafés listed near the ancient city of Sobesos. The nearest restaurants are clustered in the municipality of Mustafapaşa, around 20 minutes north of the ruins of Sobesos. Here you'll find good traditional dishes from the region, often featuring grilled or marinated meats accompanied by vegetables or bulgur. 15 kilometres south of Sobesos, the Ozlem restaurant also serves local, family-style cuisine. Its shaded terrace offers a pleasant view of the village of Güzelöz.

Pottery kebab is one of Cappadocia's traditional dishes. Served in a clay pot, it contains chunks of beef, onion, garlic, tomato and green pepper.

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