Zelve Travel Guide

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    Dervent Valley
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    nice metal containers for sale in Zelve
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    mushroom capped fairy chimneys
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Zelve Things to Do

  • Marvel Yourself

    The natural formations of Cappadocia are one of the most surprising and odd accidents of nature, in all the world.Zelve is just one of the few small towns where you can admire the ingenious use by men of the natural opportunities.

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  • Pasabagi: Mushrooms or smth else?

    The fanciful figures resemble stone fields of giant mushrooms to children. Something like giant morels or fly-agarics, do you agree? They are inescapably phallic to adults. You don't agree? It’s up to you to decide, haha! I think it depends of mood and weather. The Turks call them Peri Bacalari: fairy chimneys (see my GT about Fairy Chimneys). You...

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  • Pasabagi Holy Trinity fair chimneys

    The Pasabagi valley is famous for its three-headed fairy chimneys. It’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. One of them is kept till nowadays - Simeon Stylites. You may watch my high...

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  • Devrent - Madonna fairy chimney

    Devrent Valley hides many different rock formations. There is even a rock pillar which looks like Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ.You may watch my high resolution photo of Devrent Valley on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 40' 23.30" N 34° 53' 5.74" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Madonna fairy chimney .

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  • Devrent - Camel fairy chimney

    The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Some of the most easily seen animal shapes are camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. If you run your imagination you will find many others. You may watch my high resolution photo of Devrent Valley on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38°...

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  • Devrent or Pink Valley

    Devrent Valley is also known as Pink Valley because of the color of the rocks there.Actually the valley was never inhabited. So what makes it so attractive? Of cause the famous lunar landscape! The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look.You may watch my high resolution photo of Devrent Valley...

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  • Devrent or Imaginary Valley

    Devrent Valley is also known as Imaginary Valley. And you will see what you are ready and want to see… It depends on many reasons such like your mood at the moment. I suggest you two video clips with different music – what you like best Tchaikovsky with Barcarola or Turkish pop music?You can watch my 5 min 20 sec Video clip Zelve Devrent Valley...

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  • Devrent Valley

    This valley is called "Devrent" in vernacular for the most surreal-looking landscape in Cappadocia. Thousands of years of wind, rain and extreme temperature changes created the beautifully colored rocks into strange and wonderful animal and human shapes. It is very appropriate for examining rock formations and the fairy chimneys. This valley has...

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  • Pasabagi or Monk's Valley

    In Seljuk and Ottoman times it was called "Papaz'in Bagi" or "The Monk’s Vineyard". Several formations resemble dervishes in their high brown hats.You may watch my high resolution photo of Pasabagi on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 40' 37.08" N 34° 51' 16.86" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Pasabagi fairy chimneys...

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  • Pasabagi or the Pasha’s Vineyard

    Another name of Pasabagi is the Pasha’s Vineyard. It received this name after the Byzantine Greek population left the region.You may watch my high resolution photo of Pasabagi on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 40' 37.32" N 34° 51' 24.43" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Pasabagi fairy chimneys 1 .You can watch my 3...

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  • Pasabagi

    Zelve is famous for its fairy chimneys which are formed when the lava covering the tuff is eroded, leaving pinnacle formations. These pinnacles are capped with harder rocks resting at the top. This is in Pasabagi which is located at a distance 1 km from Zelve.You can see my 36 high resolution photos about the Pasabagi valley Turkey Cappadocia...

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  • Zelve civilization

    While I was more interested in the geology (and the rocky playground) than the culture of the place, Zelve is no doubt a place with a long and interesting history. Between the 9th and 13th centuries it was a monastic retreat and if you're on a tight schedule, I'd recommend checking out two churches that are easy to find near the parking lot and...

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Zelve Transportation

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Zelve is situated about 10 km out from Goreme on the Avanos road. Zelve is located 5 km from Avanos and 1 km from Pasabaglari. Unfortunately, there's no regular public transport to the Zelve Valley, so you must have your own vehicle, hitch a ride with others, take a taxi, or a tour.
    The entire place is a remnant of an old city. It’s better to go there in a guided tour (like me!).

    After exploring the Goreme Valley during several hours we went to the Zelve Valley with its wonderful fairy chimneys. It took us 15 minutes. The landscapes of Cappadocia are magnificent and I was taking video all the way.

    You may watch my 1 min 58 sec VIDEO-Clip Goreme-Zelve road with popular Turkish music by Sertap Erener – Kumsalda out of my Youtube channel.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Devrent Valley on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 40' 22.79" N 34° 53' 6.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio fairy chimneys 1 .

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Zelve Shopping

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    by acemj Updated May 18, 2008

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    Outside the Zelve Open Air Museum near the parking lots are a couple cafes and shops selling the usual tourist-oriented stuff. Inside, near some of the remains of the churches and other cave structures, I noticed some merchants selling some items that looked a bit more interesting and of slightly better quality. I didn't buy anything, but there seemed to be a fair selection of interest metal items, such as wind chimes, candle holder and Turkish coffee cups like these.

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Zelve Local Customs

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 3, 2008

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    You can try a ride by camel here. There were two camels - an old and a young. I don’t know if the price for a ride was high or low but being lack of time as usual I didn’t even think to take this opportunity, haha!
    May be you will have more time and enjoy this ride along the valley.

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Zelve Tourist Traps

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Unfortunately there isn’t a separate VT destination on Pasabagi in Cappadocia (or in Nevsehir Ili). But there is another Pasabagi there. I’ve found it when visited the following page Pasabagi Travel Guide and Sharrie’s Pasabagi Fairy Chimneys.

    But this destination is wrong because it isn’t situated in Cappadocia but near Karaman. So I consider it as a VT- trap!

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Zelve Off The Beaten Path

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    by acemj Updated May 18, 2008

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    The nearby Devrent Valley is another great place to explore the valleys of Cappadocia. It's located just few kilometers east of Zelve back on the main road that connects Urgup and Avanos. We stopped here at a point in the road with sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding area and it was fun to climb down the rocks (through some very tight spots as you'll see in the photos) and just explore. It's like a jungle gym or playground for adults and the rock formations are amazing, which has led to its other name, The Valley of the Fairy Chimneys. Here you'll see very densely packed groups of conical rock formations, some of which are mini-mountains, some just slivers.

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  • Fairy chimney – what is it?

    A fairy chimney is a conical rock formation, typically found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. It consists of a cap of hard rock resting on a cone-shaped pinnacle of softer rock. The geology of areas where fairy chimneys form typically comprises a thick layer of tuff (consolidated volcanic ash), covered by a thin layer of basalt or other volcanic...

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  • Zelve Historical Background

    The Christians and Moslems lived here together in perfect harmony until 1924. Then Christians had to leave the Valley because of the exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey, and the Muslims were forced to evacuate the Valley in the 50's when life became dangerous due to risk of erosion. They left the site to set up a modern village, a...

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  • Zelve Valley

    The Zelve Valley is known as the Zelve Open Air Museum. It is among the earliest-settled and last-abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia. Zelve is well-known as the area in which the most interesting 'fairy chimneys' are situated. Fairy chimneys here have sharp points and thick trunks.Zelve (ZEHL-veh) has its own attractions: the topography is...

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