Flights to Kayseri
Situated right in the centre of Turkey the city of Kayseri is overshadowed by the scenic Mount Erciyes and has multiple tourist attractions to offer. The mountain itself presents many opportunities, while Kayseri is famous for its Seljuk architecture, and is only about an hour from one of the country’s top tourist attractions, Cappadocia.
The airport for flights to Kayseri is the Erkilet International Airport (airport code: ASR), which is located 5 kilometres outside of the city. The airport sees about a million passengers each year, and is served by many large airlines. The only one that has one-stop service for flights to Kayseri from South Africa is Turkish Airlines, and their route goes through Istanbul. Other options include Air France, with stops in Paris and Istanbul, and South African Airways with connections in Cairo and Istanbul. Average flights to Kayseri take 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kayseri:
Kayseri is a great city for the tourist – it is very modern in many respects, but has an ancient past and offers some wonderful examples of historic architecture. This means tourists get to stay in modern and luxurious hotels, while enjoying the ancient history to be found in many corners of Kayseri.
Kayseri has been inhabited for thousands of years and that inhabitation has included the Romans, the Byzantines and the Seljuks. Many of the city’s major landmarks are left over from the Seljuk period, one of the golden ages for Kayseri. This was their second capital between the years of 1178 and 1243.
Hunat Hatun Mosque is probably the most famous piece of architecture from this time and though from a distance it appears quite plain and simple, a closer inspection will reveal ornate stonework and carvings. Inside there is also beautiful work, and while some ceilings are high, many are low and arched, giving this a very atmospheric feel.
Also in Kayseri from the Seljuk period is the Grand Mosque, and the Kilij Arslan Mosque, plus another major piece of architecture, called the Gevher Nesibe complex. This was named after a 13th century Seljuk princess and includes several different buildings within the complex.
Other Landmarks in Kayseri
Kayseri has many other historical landmarks from other periods in the history of the city. The Ottomans also built a number of beautiful mosques, and there’s the popular Grand Bazaar that dates to the late 1800’s. This is a must-visit to see the numerous traders and all their wares being sold!
Next to the Grand Bazaar is a far older piece of architecture, the Kayseri Caravanserai which dates from the 1500’s. An even older landmark is Kayseri Castle, which is around 1500 years old and still in very good condition. It’s situated at the central square of the city and was originally built by the Byzantines.
Only about 25 kilometres outside Kayseri is the beautiful Mount Erciyes. This is a stratovolcano and the highest mountain in this region of Turkey. It towers over the city, providing great scenery and views from it in the summer, and in the winter it’s a popular skiing destination.
When Should You Visit?:
Kayseri has a continental semi-arid climate, so picking your time to visit depends on what you want to do. To enjoy the skiing on Mount Erciyes come in the winter when there’s ample snowfall and cold temperatures. Summers are hot in comparison, but may be too hot for some sightseeing with average highs around the low 30’s. Spring and autumn would be better for cooler weather, but these are the wetter months!