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Zelve Open Air Museum

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Address: Zelve Yolu, Nevsehir, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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US$ 45.00*
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Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia
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US$ 90.00*
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Private Cappadocia Guided Tour
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US$ 45.00*
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Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

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free of charge so beautiful

it is a little bit difficult to find the locations because of the lack of the road signs and incorrections on the navigation applications. it is a open museum of natural beauties... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2016
Aydın K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

it is a little bit difficult to find the locations because of the lack of the road signs and incorrections on the navigation applications. it is a open museum of natural beauties. do not stuck on one place, ahead, explore, walk, hike, and drive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Zelve valley has three routes and directions are clear. If you follow them, it will be nice walk for you. It takes approximately one and a half hour. Not a difficult trail.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

The entry to this open air museum was 10 Lira and our host recommended this museum over the one on Goreme as this hasn't got as many tourists and is very similar (and bigger). While we were there in late December there was only half a dozen other people there and very interesting. Don't miss this place. Easy parking and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

If you want to see a cave village, it's a must see in Cappadocia! All abandoned cave dwellings, churches and pigeon houses. Not a really popular one but in stead of seeing mostly the houses restored as a hotel or a restaurant, I would prefer to see untouched ones like this.

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Thank Aykut G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

It is such a beatiful landscape with ancient culture. I suggest visitors to pick a guidance headphone whilst seeing different points of fairy chimneys. Without a tour guidance or recorded information, trip loses its impact on person. Specially suggested on spring and autumn seasons

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

Zelve was one of our favourite stops on our visit to Cappadocia. Much larger than the Goreme open air museum and much less crowded, you feel more free to explore the caves and valley. New pathways were being laid, making it easier to find your route around, and there are some information plaques to tell you about the history. As... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Αmazing cave town, honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers.Here, the Christians and Muslims lived together in perfect harmony, until 1924. Then Christians had to leave the Valley because of the exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey, and the Muslims were forced to evacuate the Valley in the 50's when life became dangerous due to risk of erosion.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This open air museum is off the beaten track for many tourists visiting Goreme, hence - not too many people visit it. It's easy to get there: you can either walk from Goreme (around 2 hours), or just get there via hourly dolmus. I walked to the museum and on my way back cought a dolmus. Great museum, interesting examples... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

There is a church city in old capadocia area. People hide in that city from pagan kings in early christian times. There is good protected pictures in churchs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

We purchased the Museum pass, and this was definitely worth for our 4 days in the area. You get over TL100.00 value for TL45.00. 7 top sites to visit, including Zelve open air museum.

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