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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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Perfect in Spring Weather!

We visited there last year in August and it was very warm. It was so enjoyable, but kids got tired from the heat. Last week, end of May, we went and the weather was perfect. The... read more

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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited there last year in August and it was very warm. It was so enjoyable, but kids got tired from the heat. Last week, end of May, we went and the weather was perfect. The area was so green and beautiful. We explored, even more, this time. Be sure to take a bottle of water with you, and good... More 

Thank Stacwith8
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is huge and much more beautiful and fascinating than Göreme open air museum. It has 3 valleys. Easier to walk around not that crazy crowded. The nature and the touch of different cultures created a unique beauty.

Thank Seyda K
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful spot after the hustle and bustle of Goreme open air museum, but the churches themselves are disappointing. Erosion and catastrophic collapse have affected all of the churches, and in several places I did not feel safe. The Deer Churchhas been dstroyed since collapse in 2005 and only the Üzümlü (Grape) church had any worthwhile frescoes.... More 

Thank Rod F
Stockholm, Sweden
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came at the end of the day, when the museum was almost completely empty and the already rocks started to glow in the light of the setting sun. Definitely worth a visit - i was more impressed by the rock formations here than by the open air museum in göreme. Part of the museums pass, quite a good deal

Thank SanjaAbroad
Ankara, Turkey
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97 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It takes around an hour to walk around the valley. It is very silent and peaceful. Compared to Göreme there aren't any well protected churches. Also, most of the rooms are forbidden to enter. Anyway, it is a great place to walk around the fairy chimneys, the view is perfect and there aren't many people around. By the way, we... More 

Thank Cuci_12
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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119 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 minutes to enjoy these shapes and may be you can imagine some other images looking... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

As this museum is further out of town it does not get the same tourist treatment/attention as its more famous cousin. Compared to Goreme this museum is more spread out and requires more stairs. However it also gives you an idea of how life was back in the day and how so many caves/dwellings were carved into the rock. Getting... More 

Thank jsgiguere
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

perfect open air museun. Amazing historical place. Easy location and easy parked. Souvenir shop too very good.

Thank RoseliHong
Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Helps understanding far history and people's life style centuries ago in the area. Amazingly, these structures were used until 1952. You will meet local says that their elder used to live there which is not a fake story. Recent walkway improvement made trip very easy. We were there with our 4 year old, no complain at all. He was so... More 

Thank Suat E
Antalya, Turkey
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236 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Another great Museum of the region. One of the best place to see geological structure of Cappadokia.

Thank KorkmazPerk

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