Yaprakhisar

Yaprakhisar is located across the river from Selime, to the south. In a massive volcanic rock outcropping that resembles the one at Selime, there are five rock-cut courtyard complexes. The style and execution of Yaprakhisar's façades point to sources and influences from architectural traditions of the Islamic Near East. At Yaprakhisar local villagers use the courtyard complexes from the Byzantine period for dwelling and for storing produce, hay, and farming equipment. The façades suffer not only from natural erosion but also from re-carving by the local population for the purpose of installing doors and locks. The interiors of these complexes have almost entirely been destroyed because of re-use over time.

Many tourist guides and even guidebooks claim that Star Wars was filmed at Yaprakhisar. Although the lunar landscape resembles those from the movie, this certainly was not the case and Star Wars definitely was not filmed there.

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