Important mosques of the city are Ulu Mosque, Güllük Inn, Hacıkılıç, Kurşunlu and Kale Mosques, which are at the city center. Avgunlu, Çifte, Sırçalı, Şah Kutlu Hatun, Ali Cafer, Köşk vaults as well as Melik Mehmet Gazi and Seyyit Burhanettin mausoleums, which are at the city center, are the important ones.
Sahabiye Theology School, Hunat Theology School, Seraceddin Theology School, Köşk Theology School, Hatuniye Theology School are the important Theology Schools of Kayseri.
In the Erdemli Valley, which is 70 km away from Kayseri through Kayseri - Adana & nbps; monastery, churches and rock residential are the valuable places for visit.
Monastry & Churches
Soğanlı Valley, in which there are about 50 rock churches and caverns is also an important tourism center.
Sultan Caravanseraies Situated 50 km northeast of Kayseri, this was constructed during the reign of the Seljuk Sultan Alaattin I Keykubat, between 1232 and 1236. Its best features are the adornments on the door and internal architecture, especially the intricate snake motif on the mosque arches. It is the second largest caravanserai in Anatolia, and has been beautifully restored.
Karatay Caravanserai This caravanserai, in the village of Karadayi, was constructed in 1255 by one of the Seljuk viziers, Celalettin Karatay. Reliefs on the mausoleum and columns are great examples of Seljukian masonry. Inside the left portal is an unmarked tomb, decorated with animal figures, and the ceiling inside the tomb is painted blue to mimic the skies.
Kara Mustafa Pasa Caravanserai This huge caravanserai was part of a new town built in 1667 for Emir Kara Mustafa Pasa, one of the Ottoman viziers. The complex also contains a mosque and hamam, a medrese and bazaar with 30 shops.
Vezirhanı Damat Ibrahim Pasa Caravanserai constructed this two-layered inn, part of the city’s Kapali Carsi (Covered Market) in 1727. It has a fountain in the middle of the courtyard, which draws attention to the interesting architecture. It sells wool and raw cotton on the ground floor, and Kayseri carpets on the upper.
Bedesten There is a ceiling cover, composed of three bid domes and cupolas, of bedesten within the covered market. It is constructed on 1497.
Covered Market Kayseri Covered Market, which is one of the four biggest covered market of Turkey and has four entrance gates, is constructed by public on 1859.
Bayramhacı Thermal Spring This resort, 65km west of Kayseri, has 55 rooms and 140 beds and has two pools for men, and two for women. The water is between 38ºC and 40ºC, and is good for the treatment of rheumatism, skin, heart and blood circulation, respiration system and gynaecological disorders.
Tekgoz Thermal Springs With one pool each for men and women, these thermal springs, in the Yemliha district 33km from Kayseri, are at a temperature of 43ºC. The waters here are said to treat rheumatism, skin, respiration system, kidney and urethras, and gynaecological diseases.
Location: The Aladaglar national park is in the province of Nigde, south of Kayseri, and lies 30km from Yahyali.
Transportation: The park is adjacent to the main highway from Nigde to Kayseri, and can also be accessed from Yahyali.
Highlights: Inside this huge park of around 55,000 hectares, the summit of Demirkazik at 3756m is the highest point in the middle Taurus mountain range. There is a huge range of flora and fauna, and visitors may fish in the streams full of trout. Wildlife includes wild goats, bears, lynx and sable.
The park has extremes of climate, with hot summers and very cold and snowy winters, with snow-capped peaks throughout the year. There is also a huge difference between night and day temperatures, with the lake usually freezing at night yet can reach up to 30°C during the day.
The most common species of plant life is black pine and cluster pine trees, with some cedar dotted between, and fir trees in the northern areas with higher humidity. The Alpine region, from the upper borders of the forest, has pastures with rocky areas and little variety of plant life because of the high altitude and slope.
Facilities: The park has been designated a protected area for wildlife, and there is a specific space for breeding animals. Camping is possible in the park, although there are plans to develop the area and improve the campsite, and create marked trekking and climbing routes. Trout fishing is allowed, and fish is also for sale from the trout production farms around the various rivers.
Lake and Waterfalls
Kapuzbaşı The Yahyali Waterfalls 70km south of Kayseri, have seven different levels whose heights vary between 30 - 50 m, and fall into the Zamanti river and eventually to Seyhan. This series of waterfalls, one of the most important in the world regarding flow rates and heights, is something of a natural phenomenon.