Zelve

Turning right on the road to Avanos from Göreme one reaches the ruins of Zelve after a drive of 3 km. through a valley filled with fairy chimneys of various types and tall rocks pierced with many holes. Into these rocks were carved in the Byzantine period numerous churches and shelters the entrances of which are someti¬mes high above the level of the valley.

After the departure of the Byzantines, Turks built a small village in this valley, but had to leave it in 1950 – 55 because of the destructive effects of erosion and moved to a new village that was built. The valley boasts the most interesting and numerous fairy chimneys of the Cappadocian region.

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