I went to Seydişehir last week to join the wedding party of my cousin. Seydişehir is a town in Konya, Turkey, where I have never been before. I had a chance to explore a bit with my relatives before the wedding day.
We asked a few local people where we should visit. They all said, “There is a cave on the way to Antalya, you should see it!” We followed the signs and found the cave, which of course was not visible from a distance, but looked like an attraction on the outskirts of a mountain. The name of the small cafe at the entrance and the cave were the same: Tınaztepe.
There was an information board at the entrance:
“The path in the cave is 22km long, and 1580 meters of it is available for visitors. It is the biggest cave in Turkey and the third in the world. At some points the height from the bottom to the top goes up to 65 meters. It is estimated that the cave was formed in 230 million years.
It was found by French scientist Michel Bakalowichz in 1968. German researcher Reinhold Messner and his colleagues carried on exploring the cave and found underground lakes and the complete path. In the cave there are many travertines and stalactites-stalagmites which were formed by rain drops over the years. At the end of the path you will find a 35-meters-deep lake.”
We entered the cave and started to follow the path. It was not easy to move inside. We had small breaks every now and then to look at the view inside and get some rest. There were two caves inside; we took the first one since the path was longer.
It was totally magical inside! How on the earth had I never heard of this place, and how on the earth was I there just by coincidence? And the lake we found at the end made us totally speechless… I cannot tell you how happy I was to be there. When we were out again we were so fascinated. We visited the cafe at the entrance, enjoyed some local tea and just talked about how magical this place was.
If you happen to be in Turkey, and somewhere close to Konya, you should absolutely visit Tınaztepe.