Zelve Open Air Museum, Nevsehir

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History Museum · Historic Site
Journey through history and see one of the best examples of Cappadocian structures carved into the rock at Zelve Open Air Museum. The museum spreads over three mountain valleys and showcases the remains of a community that thrived from the Byzantine era into the 20th century. It was finally abandoned because of erosion. See the places where people lived, worked, and prayed and learn how they used the landscape to carve out the buildings that were both functional and beautiful. You have a lot of freedom to explore, so bring good footwear for hiking. A flashlight will also help you to see deeper into the buildings. Make Zelve Open Air Museum a part of your Nevsehir vacation plans using our Nevsehir trip site.
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  • This is great. A lot is roped off so to COVID but you can still walk through and take some pictures and enjoy the views. It helps to have a guide to explain how the caves here were used. It takes no.....  more »
  • Göreme Yellow Taxi+905413978109 Zelve, which is 5 km from Avanos and 1 km from Paşabağları, was established on the steep and northern slopes of Aktepe. Zelve Ruins, which consists of three valleys...  more »
  • There were lots of churches, a stable, a tunnel which is between valley 2 and 3 but closed to visit and a mosque but some of them not open to visit because of landslide danger. Church wall paintings were not visible. But if you want a trekking path with historical treasures, this place is a must visit.
  • One of the two famous open air museums in Cappadocia. A will preserved historical landmark with beautiful scenery over the many cave houses located inside the rocks. I would recommend comfy shoes and a bottle of water for visiting this place.

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