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Zelve Open-Air Museum Tours

Zelve Open-Air Museum
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.
Address: Merkez, Nevşehir, Cappadocia, Turkey, Turkey
Hours: 8am-­7pm
Admission: 10 TL
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Royal Balloon Flight include Private Heart of Cappadocia Tour

Royal Balloon Flight include Private Heart of Cappadocia Tour

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One of the best experience of a lifetime. Flying over this unreal landscape will make you feel like you are on moon or another planet. The combination of the colors, first lights of the day and the beauty of the nature completes with the excellent and professional service of the company. From the time we pick you from your hotel till the time we leave you back, you will have amazing time flying over Cappadocia. We will take you to another planet which is full of magical lunar landscape with all surprises. No one will be expecting to see the best frescoes of the world in the middle of nowhere in a 1500 years old cave church. This tour will be full of art, history , religion and beyond the expactation. Also you will have the chance to hike in ageorgeus canyon and enjoy the nature. Hot Air Balloon Tour Could be the day of booking or the next day.
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2-Day Cappadocia Trip from Kayseri

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Private Tour : Best of Cappadocia

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North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

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Private Cappadocia Tour

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Red Tour Cappadocia

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Cappadocia Red (North) Tour

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Red Cappadocia Tour - Private Basis

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are Zelve Open-Air Museum hours of operation?
A:
Zelve Open-Air Museum hours of operation: 8am-­7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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