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Zelve Open Air Museum

Coordinate: 38º40’29.51’’K 34º52’45.51’’D Height: 1096 m

Zelve region is reached after passing towards Çavuşin while going to Avanos. It is to km inside from Zelve road. It always witnessed settlements for being a sheltered area. Historical city of Zelve which consists of two valleys is one of the places where fairy chimneys are intense.

Direkli Church (with the columns) belongs to the first year of monastic life of Zelve. In the same valley, Balıklı Church (Fish) contains frescoes before Iconoclasm period. Ornaments belonging to Iconoclasm period consist of fish figures and cross patterns. It is adjacent to Üzümlü Church (Grapes). It is named after the simple grape patterns in the church.