Zelve Valley Open Air Museum Cappadocia (Where? What to See?)

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Zelve Valley is one of the most popular open air museum areas of Cappadocia, situated between Avanos and Goreme, nearby Pasabag Monks Valley. Being part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Zelve Valley Open Air Museum is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia that travelers may experience sharp pointed and wide fairy chimneys.

What to See?

The area has been one of the most important residential and worship places for Christianity between the 8th and 13th centuries.

Zelve Valley Open Air Museum is a very peaceful area that travelers may see variety of both natural and human made formations and best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia such as churches, tunnels, mills, houses and monastery.

There are about 15 churches at the Zelve Valley and the churches of Uzumlu (the Church with Grapes), Balikli (the Church with Fishes) and Geyikli (the Church with the Deer) are also one of the most popular fairy chimney churches that worth a visit and see in Cappadocia.


Entrance to Zelve Valley is about 10 TL and there is a parking area with souvenir shops and cafes at the entrance.

How to Get There?

Zelve Valley Open Air Museum is situated between Avanos and Goreme. About;

  • 1 km. from Pasabag Valley
  • 6,1 km. from Avanos
  • 7,2 km. from Goreme
  • 11,6 km. from Uchisar
  • 10,5 km. from Urgup

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