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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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USD 45.00*
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Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia
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USD 90.00*
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Private Cappadocia Guided Tour
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USD 45.00*
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Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

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Less crowded than Goreme Open Air Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Masood-Kheraluwala
Vancouver, Canada
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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232 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 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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84 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Just by chance we experienced the new 3D mapping project at the open air museum. Very new technology that projects 3D imagines on to the rocks in the open air museum. It's more or less a sound and light experience of Turkeys history through the ages but with cutting edge technology. A great experience.

Thank SVLondonuk
Londrina, PR
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113 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The place is full of caves, carved by people to hide. They built a city in rocks, with churches, houses, kitchens, and all. Some of the paintings are still well preserved, and you can fell the history. I recommend to get a audio guide/ city tour guide.

Thank Maisamonseff
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We visited there with our children ages 5-16, and they all really enjoyed it. There is much more there to see than I had expected. It's a good walk, and lots of stairs. There was a very helpful guide that walked along with us and showing our kids which caves were safe to go in and which ones weren't. There... More 

Thank Stacwith8
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here. There is lots to see and explore here. We spend about 1.30hrs here. It is good value especially as it is included in the museum pass. The only minor down side is to get here it is a 25tl taxi drive from goreme (arrange for the driver to pick you up after) or you have... More 

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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting this place was completely amazing. You could see how people lived many years ago in the mountains. Besides, you can see the chimneys formed by the wind and walk among them... These places are awesome and are something you won't see in any other place in the world.

Thank Anamaria U

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