Zelve Open Air Museum, Nevsehir

4.7
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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  • Zelve 'outdoor museum', a walk I found as good as Pasabag ( Fairy Chinmeys ) and perhaps even more picturesque. Part quite steep and sometimes over uneven ground but not at all difficult.  more »
  • A must-see if you're ever in the beautiful, unique part of the world. The museum shop also has some nice merchandise, as does the pottery stand outside. Be aware that sunshine is strong and direct in....  more »
  • erciyes and hasan volcanic volcanoes that erupted millions of years ago spread around the lava; Natural and natural man-made fairy chimneys created by combining with sand, dust and...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A must visit place! The paintings inside the churches are unbelievable and breathtaking when thinking about how many years these have endured...
  • This outdoor museum is beautiful. The caves were really cool to Explore on your own. We went in the afternoon and surprisingly it wasn’t to packed which was great. Entrance is 15TL. It would be helpful if they provided more signs & information on the caves. A side note: the tunnel is closed.
  • A chance to view first hand how the earlier civilisation at Zelve lived uniquely amongst the mountains. You can explore the mountain houses quite freely for the most part and it is awe inspiring. Tickets cost around 40 liras per person.

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