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Zelve Open Air Museum, Nevsehir

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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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  • Beautiful landscapes with caves and ancient churches. Highlights of the place are Column Church (Direkli Church) and 30 meters tunnel. 30 metres tunnel is open until 4pm. Delve Open Air Museum - entra...  more »
  • Initially we were on our way to Devrent Valley to see the rock formation shapes and stopped to just to see what there was. It is beautiful, there is a lovely paved walkway around and it clearly tells ...  more »
  • Consists of 3 phases and it is so big that we couldn't see all of it as we arrived late. A complete big city in which people lived hundreds of years ago. The houses in the caves, public areas, dining ...  more »
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  • Amazing ! This museum offers much and more if you have time! This is a village lived up until 1952 and after an earthquake. Some faded frescoes of few churches, cave dwellings, stores and dark tunnels in many levels can be seen. Living. This village is less crowded than the one in Göreme. A guide recommended this us.Three beautiful valleys, you can have a space, enjoy of exploring in piece, trekking around in the nature, a breathtaking landscape and rock formation around. If you want visit every cave it takes 2-4 hours. It's a big area, fore times bigger than Göreme's. We visited only a part of all, 1,5h. Hot hot.. Registered to the world heritage list! Before entering I should have wanted to see a map over the site for looking what will be coming up. No map, no information! What a bad service.. Cafes and shops outside the site. Entrance 10 TL.
  • Good parking, beautiful scenery to walk inside the valley and along the caves. Some are closed as time has made them unsafe, but loads are still in great condition and you can feel a little bit like an explorer just walking through them with no guideline on where to step and to go. Preferred this one a lot over the overrun Göreme National Park Open Air Museum. Additional recommendation is to get the Museum pass for 45TRY which is valid for 3 days and basically gets you into everything in Cappadocia
  • Here is the "must see" place. Incredible view and structures. If you travel by car, you should spend many hours in Zelve Valley.
  • This town was residents since 9th century, all the way until 1952. It's very interesting to learn and see culture changes through time, and it's a good hike!
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Nevsehir

The town of Nevşehir, just 20 minutes from the rock formations of Cappadocia by car, thrives on its local flair. More of an authentic town than the others nearby, Nevşehir offers a better range of budget hotels. Here the trade-off for affordable accommodations is the distance to the tourist attractions--locals advise that you rent a car to get to neighboring towns and sites. If you're inclined to experience cave-dwelling first-hand, seek out neighboring cities' pricier cave hotels. You'll also find a collection of guesthouses and hostels within the city.
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