Ibrahimpaşa – the village off the Google Map

Ibrahampaşa - aerial view

Ibrahampaşa - aerial view

We arrived at Ibrahimpaşa last night, the place where we will be doing our residency for the next month at the Babayan Culture House.

View from the terrace: Babayan Culture House

View from the terrace: Babayan Culture House

 

Another view from the terrace: Babayan Culture House

Another view from the terrace: Babayan Culture House

One of the things that I think is really interesting is that despite the Cappadocia region being a popular tourist destination, our little village it literally off the map (according to Google). This has proved a bit of a challenge trying to describe to friends who are intending to visit, how to get here. As a way to guide them we went out today and photographed the turn off to Ibrahimpaşa and the otopark, where they can park their van and camp. Here are our guiding images.

The Ibrahimpaşa turnoff  - coming from Ürgüp

The Ibrahimpaşa turnoff - coming from Ürgüp

Otopark coming in to Ibrahimpaşa

Otopark coming in to Ibrahimpaşa

Interestingly, there is quite a good map available on Open Street Maps:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/export/embed.html?bbox=34.8021,38.5871,34.8933,38.6224&layer=mapnik
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The region is famous and world heritage listed because of the cave churches, the underground cities and amazing geological formations. However, the village we are staying in is not a tourist centre, rather it is a rural community.

One of the lovely things that happened on our walk to the Ürgüp/Nevşehir turnoff, we were picked up by a local couple who drove us to the turn off and gave us some grapes, which were freshly picked.

Over the coming weeks we would like to inscribe the map and make it visible to people interested in traveling to this region.

To start, I have created this very simple map

Tracey's mud map

Tracey's mud map

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