Zelve Açık Hava Müzesi

Zelve Monastery

Useful Information

Location: Between Ürgüp and Avanos.
(38.669254, 34.863308)
Open: Oct-Feb Tue-Sun 8-17, Mar-Sep Tue-Sun 8-19.
Fee: Adults TL 4,000,000, Children (-18) TL 1,500,000, Disabled free.
Guided tours:
Address: Zelve Açık Hava Müzesi, Aydınlı Mahallesi, Yavuz Sk. No:1 D:No:1, 50180 Aktepe/Avanos/Nevşehir, Tel: +90-384-271-35-35.
Nevsehir Directorate of Tourism, Atatürk Bulvari 14, Devlet Hastanesi Önü, Nevsehir, Tel: +90-384-213-3659, Fax: +90-384-213-1137.
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1924 town abandoned.


The Zelve Açık Hava Müzesi (Zelve Open Air Museum) is a valley located east of Çavuşin on the other side of a hill. A road named Zelve Yolu ends in the valley at a parking lot, the whole valley is open to the public as an open air museum. In older guidebooks it is often mentioned as Zelve Monastery.

The town Avanos is famous for its colourful earthenware pots. Numerous workshops allow visitors to watch how they are made. The material used for the pottery is the red clay from the Kýzýlýrmak River, the longest river of Turkey.