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How should we visit the opium frig valleys today? I will give information about what to do and why tourists prefer this place.

This natural beauty in opium is a must-see place. Usually people travel here by car, but if you ask us, traveling in this way would be to spend a little bit of the Phrygian Valley because this is a unique opportunity for nature sports and adventure lovers: Overnight horseback tours are organized in the camp in the Phrygian Valley, like the Lycian Way, the civilization living here (There are 400 kilometers of trekking and cycling routes that pass through the ancient routes used by the Phrygians. tour can be done with its 3000 years of history and nature.

The area marked in yellow between Eskişehir, Kütahya and Afyon is known as the Phrygian Valley. This intersection zone is the center of the Phrygian Civilization and the region where the most intense historical remains belonging to the Phrygians. High society, on the other hand, shows the greatest secrets that the Phrygian Civilization has reached;the king of this region,MİDAS:

 King Midas is thought not to be a single king. Since there are findings that King Midas ruled in several different centuries, the theories are that Midas was either a very common name like Ahmet Mehmet, or it could be a title meaning King.

As for the donkey ears of Midas… According to the legend, Apollo, the god of music, arts, sun, fire and poetry, enters an instrument race with his silver lyre and Pan, the god of the field. There is also Midas in the jury. The sound of Apollo’s lyre fascinates everyone. At the end of the contest, while everyone gives the game to Apollo, when Midas gives to Pan, Apollon turns Midas’ ears into donkey ears, saying that if he were a donkey, he would understand you from good music.

Midas Han is the only place where you can comfortably spend the night without leaving the Phrygian Valley.

Places to visit


After passing Üçlerkayası Village towards the north, close to Lake Emre, a monumental tomb with a huge lion relief and Phrygian inscriptions on its right side. At the time, there was a statue of the goddess Cybele, but it was stolen by treasure hunters.


Üçlerkayası is a district of Afyonkarahisar named İhsaniye. Although we can not find any exact information about the time of settlement here, BC. There is information that the Hittites lived in the 2000s, that is, a place that has existed since ancient times. Later, many states such as the Phrygians, Romans and Seljuks ruled here. It is approximately 42 kilometers high from the center of Afyonkarahisar and 7 kilometers from the district of İhsaniye from where it is located. This is a very tiny village where mostly agriculture and animal husbandry is a source of income, the last population was not even 600 people, you can more or less imagine.

3-Aslan taş and Yılantaş 

Aslantaş and Yılantaş are two must-see works in the Phrygian Valley region. These works, both of which are actually in the same place, are thought to have been made in the seventh centuries BC. Aslantaş, according to what is said, is the tomb of one of the kings of the period when it was built. Yılantaş is also a fragmented monument.

4-Avdalas Castle

Avdalas Castle is not a castle built, it is actually a castle carved out of huge rocks. It became one of our favorite ruins in the Phrygian Valley. This is a place that has been used as a settlement since the Byzantine Empire times, especially thanks to hot springs, health tourism, there are many people who love and take the road to see. 

5-Ayazini Church 

Ayazini Church is an important church carved into the rock, dating back to the Byzantine period in the 1000s. Really impressive structure. Especially its domed interior structure should be seen. It is also known as Gavur Hamam among the people. His story is interesting. Until 30 years ago, it was a tradition to take a bath by boiling water in boilers before the wedding. Of course, the building remained the Byzantine name Gavur Bath. In fact, according to a rumor, the reason why the interior of the church was such a black color was because of the smoke from the boilers. However, according to common scientific belief, this color was due to the torches used to illuminate the interior.



There are 3 different signposted walking routes that pass through these historical monuments. One starts from Yenice Farm (Route-2) in Kütahya, one from Afyonkarahisar, Seydi (Route-1) and the other from Ankara Gordion (Route-3) and they all reach Yazılıkaya by passing through different geographies. Walking in the Phrygian Valley, inspired by the projects of Kate Clow, who brought us the Lycian Way, came together with the support of the Union for the Protection and Development of the Phrygian Cultural Heritage, which was formed by the governorships of the provinces where the Phrygian Valley spread.

Phrygian Road, extending to 4 town, 506 km long with Turkey’s 3rd longest hiking trail.

                                                                                                                                                            If you happen to be in Afyonkarahisar, do not forget to stop by the frig valley.

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