Nora Ancient City The ancient city of Nora is located in Helvadere, a suburb of the Aksaray region. The Nora can be found at the northern foothill of Mt. Hasan, which is dormant and does not currently pose any danger to nearby residents or guests. The Nora Ruins have not been excavated or even made into an official museum, so very little is known about it. The city seems to have been founded as a garrison under the Romans then continued on as one for the Byzantines. The lack of marble work, waterworks, and grand pillared streets speaks toward its military status rather than being intended as residential area. There are around 1000 homes in the area but no evidence it was ever a proper settlement. The layout of the site is actually quite disorganized and its stonework is rough. The earliest buildings existing are said to be from the late Roman/early Byzantine period, but most of them were created in the 7th century AD. The ancient city was abandoned sometime during the 8th century AD.