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The Damat Ibrahim Pasha mosque complex of Nevsehir, Turkey.
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The Damat Ibrahim Pasha mosque complex of Nevsehir, Turkey. Photo: Dick Osseman.

Nevsehir, Turkey.
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Photo: Dick Osseman.

Town in central Turkey with 70,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate), on a plain of the Kizil River, at 1190 metres above sea level. Nevsehir lies in the centre of the rocky region of Cappadocia, and it is the capital of Nevsehir province with 310,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate).
While Nevsehir is visibly a poor town, the surrounding area has is prosperous and living off agriculture and specializes in grain.
Nevsehir is connected with other urban centres by road. Kayseri 100 km east is the nearest major city.
Among Nevsehir's sights are the ruined Seljuq citadel and the Damat Ibrahim Pasha mosque complex from 1726. Damat Ibrahim Pasha was the grand vizier of Sultan Ahmed 3.
Near Nevsehir lies important historical sites, like the rock-carved churches and monasteries at Güreme, and the village of Hacibektas, the birthplace of te 13th century Sufi philosopher Hajji Bektas Veli. 2 km north of Nevsehir lies the troglodyte village of Nar.




By Tore Kjeilen