argos in Cappadocia’s 20 Year Restoration to be Showcased at the International Architecture Biennale
Located in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uçhisar Village, argos in Cappadocia has carefully restored the remains of the historical dwellings over the last 20 years in partnership with master architect Turget Cansever. The extensive restoration of the property will be brought to life through photographic installations at the “Time, Space, Existence” exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre at Palazzo Mora.
argos in Cappadocia is one of the jewels in the Mytha Hotel Anthology. Mytha’s seven handpicked luxury properties stand out thanks to their distinct identity, unique locations, set within an authentic destination.
Perched just above Uçhisar Village and framed by a spectacular scene of canyons, mountains and the famous ‘fairy chimneys’, the property has received numerous international awards. Each part of the restoration project has been celebrated for giving new uses to the areas, which date back to different historic periods, whilst maintaining its original structure.
The argos in Cappadocia hotel rises from the ruins of an historic monastery with interconnected caves and underground galleries, homes and buildings, and has been transformed into one of the most original luxury hotels in Turkey. The story begins with a vision to transform a village made up of 40 abandoned and demolished houses. When the works began, a monastery dating back two thousand years, a three and half kilometre underground tunnel, an aqueduct, kitchen, workshop for linseed oil, and chapels carved in stone, were discovered.
The centre of the monastery settlement, now known as “Bezirhane”, was originally the residence of the monks, and later became the space that housed the caravans of camels on the Silk Road and, finally, the place where a plant for the production of linseed oil stood. For today’s travellers, “Bezirhane” has become the heart of the hotel, and an ideal place to host concerts, events and weddings.
The entire restoration was conducted respecting the local architectural traditions and authentic methods, passed down by generation to generation, from the sculpture to the stone, carpentry, and iron working, giving the current structure unique design spaces.