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  • Address: Merkez, Nevşehir, Cappadocia, Turkey, Turkey
  • Hours: 8am-­7pm
  • Admission: 10 TL

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Zelve Open-Air Museum Tours

The Zelve Open-­Air Museum sits on site of the remains of a Byzantine monastery that was carved into the rock face in ancient times. Zelve was a monastic retreat from the 9th to the 13th century, and in fact the area was inhabited right up until 1952. 15 years after locals abandoned the site, Zelve was turned into the open-­air museum that can be seen and explored today.

The site features various remnants of local life, including houses, a tunnel joining two of the valleys, a mill, and a small mosque. Beyond the mill, the Balıklı Kilise (Fish Church) can be found, while the impressive Üzümlü Kilise (Grape Church) adjoins it.

The three valleys of Zelve are a great spot for trekking around and exploring in peace, as it isn’t as popular with tourists as the Göreme Open­-Air Museum nearby. The site also has a good walking trail looping around the valleys, giving access to various caves and chambers and featuring dramatic crags and pinnacles along the way.

Practical Info

Zelve is situated around 10 kilometers from Goreme. It’s not easily accessible by public transport, so taking a taxi or an organized tour from the city is recommended. There are cafes in the car park outside the site.

Tours & Tickets

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Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

Small group tour covering, DEVRENT VALLEY, ZELVE OPEN AIR MUSEUM, PASABAGLARI (MONKS VALLEY), AVANOS, GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM, UCHISAR CASTLE with lunch ...  Read more

Location: Göreme, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Private Cappadocia Guided Tour, Cappadocia, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Cappadocia Guided Tour

Discover the ultimate Cappadocia experience during this private 7-hour tour. Get picked up from your hotel by a private guide and take off for the breathtaking ...  Read more

Location: Nevşehir, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia, Urgup, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia

This a 9-hour small-group tour takes you to the northern part of Cappadocia. Highlights include Devrent Imagination Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabaglari ...  Read more

Location: Urgup, Turkey
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon with Flight from Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon with Flight from Istanbul

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Cappadocia hot air balloon tour from Istanbul . Watch daylight appear above the Cappadocia during a sunrise hot air balloon ride and see the first rays ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $254.95

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