Valley of Zelve

The Valley of Zelve has one of the most fantastic landscapes of Cappadocia. This valley was inhabited up to 1953 and up to the 20th century Muslims and Christians lived together in peace. In 1967 Zelve was made into an open air museum. Explore the labyrinthine valley of cave houses, steps, passages, galleries, churches and dovecots.

The exceptional quality of the churches is that the frescoes are dated before the time of the Iconoclastic Controversy. Religious images are rare and attest to this region’s rejection of iconoclasm. The Üzümlü Church has impressive frescoes from the 8th/9th centuries.

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