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Zelve Yolu, Nevsehir, Turkey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 August 2013

The collapsing rock structures of Zelve Open-Air Museum are all that remains of a thriving fairy chimney community who first settled here in 9th century. The ruins spread over three valleys and a tour around all these three valleys should take around 2 hours. This...More

4  Thank Angshu
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

The open air museum is the natural rock cuts in the mountains some of which resemble like characters of history, such as 3 wise men, Napollean's hat, etc. Not a must to visit but if you have time then you can spend about under 30...More

1  Thank Masood-Kheraluwala
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get a guide, do your research - do more than just take pictures here. It is amazing to see and learn about these churches and see what’s left of the paintings inside. From the “sleeping slumbers” to the dovehouses ... this place is worth the...More

Thank Diseree D
Reviewed 15 October 2018

A lovely museum which is well organised. It's about a 20 minute walk from Goreme centre. It cost 30tl for entry and an extra 10tl to see the Dark Church, which I recommend seeing if you can. Overall, lovely museum to see :)

Thank SophieS3320
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This open air museum is about 1 km from the fairy chimneys at Pasabagi and is walkable if you need to, otherwise parking fees are charged . The entrance fee was 15 lire - October 2018 ( about 2) . The site is set around...More

Thank BrieEngland
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Fascinating place - only deserted in the 1950s you can really see how this was a village. With churches, a mosque and houses and stables it’s super interesting. The views across the museum are beautiful.

Thank Poopyscoop
Reviewed 30 September 2018

A nice educational experience to view different types of cave churches and the panoramic view of the chimneys, caves and valleys, is very great experience alltogether

Thank devanand s
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Museum included several churched dated by 11cent. which was build inside of the mountings. You can enjoy ornament on the walls and monumentally constriction around you. Nice to visit / cost of the Tkt 30TL

Thank ElenaVolya
Reviewed 14 September 2018

It was strongly suggested that we go to the Open Air Museum, so we decided to make this a priority while in Cappadocia. We decided to walk there, which I suggest doing, as it's not too far and . you can stop at some great...More

1  Thank travis b
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

If you want to visit a museum visit this one. Take a guide at the entrance for 10€ and you will have a good time. Remarkable number of churches ⛪ and stories about monks and Christians in this Muslim country. Mighty interesting to learn how...More

Thank IstanbulDutchie
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

On walking distance from city centre only if u r in mood of hiking. Good for history lovers specially who r interested in Christian history. So many natural landscapes photo ops and church with rich history.

Thank Hassan G
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We stopped here by chance and are so glad we did. The open air museum was not as well kept as the one in Goreme, but this one was much more extensive and accessible, not to mention much less crowded. We spent several hours here...More

Thank Michelle K
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