Turkey: Nigde

Nigde is a pretty historic town on gateways of Cappadocia, dating back over a 1000 years. The location is very pretty, surrounded by distant mountains and desert-like landscapes. Like many historic towns in Turkey, Nigde has a citadel, built on a cliff top on the center of the town. But the real attraction here is the Alladin Mosque with ornately carved portal entrance. The mosque was constructed in 1223 at the time of the Sultanate of Rum, precursor of the Ottoman Empire. The mosque’s yard also offers panoramic views of the town below and mountains in the distance.