Zelve Open Air Museum

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Timings : 8:00 - 19:00

Entry Fee : TRY 10

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Zelve Open Air Museum, Cappadocia Overview

This maze of caves was once home to one of the largest communities of Christians and Muslims.

What is a museum today was once an elaborate cave settlement. It started out in the 9th century and kept expanding, and it was finally abandoned in the 1950s due to erosion and safety issues. This honeycomb maze of caves had houses, storage, churches, mosques and everything a community of people would require. The valleys in the open air museum provide activities like trekking and rock climbing for the proactive kind as well. There are several paintings on rocks throughout the museum, some extremely intricate. Of the many structures in this complex, the Uzumlu Kilise, the Geyikli Kilise, the Balikli Kilise and a spectacular rock cut mosque make for the prime attractions of this majestic open air museum.

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