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Zelve Open Air Museum, Nevsehir
(4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Zelve Open Air Museum and many more Nevsehir attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nevsehir vacation generator.
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  • To explore the need to spend at least Zelva half. It was our mistake, we had about an hour of free time, unfortunately. So your licence. In rocks carved churches, living quarters, storage space for wine, etc. There are routes for trekking. It is quite suitable for nature lovers and trekking. Roads to cut down in rocks premises laid out steps. Think winter is not the best time to visit, because the landscape around looks pretty sad
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  • 1952 in the hollow mountain of the people lived in Zelve imagine! Furnace, Winery, Church, Mosque, village square and a town in the mountains with everything.
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  • Helps understanding far history and people's life style centuries ago in the area. Amazingly, these structures were used until 1952. You will meet local says that their elder used to live there which ...  more »
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  • Amazing landscape. Feels so surreal, like walking around in a Dr. Suess book! Be sure to look for the funky police office in a cave by the side of the road.
  • Much nicer and quiter museum than Goreme, at least in March. Enjoyable walk between three valleys and how people lived in those caves is intriguing.
  • Wrong location, open air museum is not there
  • the rooms are not that much to look at except for some of the well-preserved frescos. in winter the amount of tourists is bearable. wouldn't want to go there in the summer though.
  • one of the best places I think I visited all the different civilizations of the Valley life. 16 years ago when I girebildigim cave and chapels are not logged for security reasons crashes happened anymore I guess.
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