“Deve Damı” is the name of a stone carved or built vast places where camel and donkey caravans could relax and spend the night.
The Han Way (Silk Road) passes through the 5km North of Ürgüp. The Kilikya Road, which splits from the Sarıhan Caravanserai, is the “Uluyol” that proceeds from the centre of Ürgüp.
The Silk Road, which has been shaped by the nature throughout the historic episode of the Anatolia, kept its vitality during the Asur-Kültepe Trade, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman Empire periods.
The Silk Road is also still a strategic location nowadays because of being a junction point of Aksaray- Ürgüp Road
Deve Damı is located the centre of Ürgüp Burgut castle, which is among the strongest of the Anatolia
Since it is very close to the Mother Goddess’s temple, the possibility of it being used as a cave shelter is very high.
Deve Damı, serving the merchants with its water ways, food crates, tandooris, seatings, ventilation systems and security tunnels was a major part of caravanserai management.
In Ottoman Period, Nevşehirli Damad İbrahim Pasha brought water from Kavak to Ürgüp with the water tunnels that can be seen in the Deve Damı. This tunnel also brought water to Karamanoğlu İbrahim Bey Mosque.
Merchants used to sleep in these caravanserais, leaning against their goods, after dining they used to joke around with one another and spend some quality time with the entertainment of nomad dervishes and poets.
“Deve Damı” is unearthed during some cleaning work at 2008 with some of it’s ceiling collapsed. It has been restored according to it’s original structure and opened as a restaurant at 2018.