Catalhoyuk is another unique sight located in Turkey in the province of Konya. Catalhoyuk is an ancient city. This is the largest ancient settlement of the Neolithic era. And this is the only settlement of that era, which is so well preserved.
This ancient city is of extreme importance for scientists who study the development of mankind. It is believed that it was here that the first signs were revealed that human civilization began the transition to sedentary life. Research and archaeological work continue here even today. So, it is quite possible that many more discoveries await us in the development of human civilization.
History of Catalhoyuk
The place where Catalhoyuk is located can rightly be considered the real cradle of humanity; a place where cities were first erected, and civilizations made the transition to a productive economy.
Age of settlement is huge. Scientists believe that it was built in the 8th millennium BC. The size of the settlement is also impressive. Judging by what was found, according to the most conservative estimate, about 10 thousand people lived in the city. This is more than in some modern cities.
But Catalhoyuk does not stop at this and continues to amaze historians and scholars. All houses were built of unbroken bricks, and the roofs of houses were used as pavements. There are no houses rich and poor in the city, they are all the same. There are no temples in the city, which in itself is very interesting. There are no signs in the city that its inhabitants fought a war. Analysis of the remains of people found here showed that their standard of living was quite high, even compared with the inhabitants of the Roman Empire.
In other words, the discoveries connected with Catalhoyuk are in many ways sensational and reveal a completely different picture of the ancient world. Anyone can, alone or as part of a group, come and get acquainted with this amazing monument of antiquity.
How to get to Catalhoyuk?
The nearest airport to Catalhoyuk is located in Konya. It serves international (only from Singapore) and domestic flights. If you are traveling from abroad, choose flights with a transfer in Istanbul or Ankara.
From Konya to the ancient settlement is only 50 km, which is about 30-40 minutes by car. There are several ways to get to Catalhoyuk:
- Rent a car. There are rental points in the airport terminal and downtown.
- Take a taxi.
- Take a bus to Cumra, then transfer to minibus to to the ancient city.
- Buy a tour to one of the tourist offices in Konya. The cost of the tour includes transfer to and from.
Nearest hotels to Catalhoyuk
The nearest hotels to Catalhoyuk are located about 10-15 minutes’ drive from the settlement in the town of Cumra. You can find more hotels in Konya. There are both luxury hotels and guesthouses. Take a look at the short list of the nearest hotels:
- Ibis Konya Hotel
- Araf Hotel
- Hich Hotel Konya
- Rumi Hotel
- Hotel Ney
- Dergah Hotel
- Konak Otel
- Baykara Hotel
Nearest restaurants to Catalhoyuk
Near the parking there is a small Catalhuyuk Cafe. Here you can relax after the tour and try traditional Turkish dishes and beverages. Other nearest restaurants to Catalhoyuk include:
- Pasa Ocakbasi Restoran
- Caglar Restoran
- Tugra Cafe
- Cadde Cafe – Nargile Salonu