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Zelve Open Air Museum

Urgup, Turkey
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums
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Amsterdam
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This place is different than the other locations and provides a nice break, while still giving you lots of natural beauty and interesting caves. Definitely a fun place to explore with kids as you can walk around and climb into the caves. Not many tourists visit, so it's a quite place and fun to explore without crowds. Fun to do... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Even though high season had not quite started, it was very busy here. Get there in the morning if you can and wear sturdy shoes.

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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This open-air museum has plenty of very interesting rock formations and former cave homes. It's right down the street from Pasaba (about a 10min bike ride). This places isn't visited by tour buses which adds to its appeal for independent travelers as we had the whole place to ourselves. It's much "wilder" than the Goreme open-air museum and it was... More

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Philadelphia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The density of cave dwellings in this area, inhabited until the 1960s after an earthquake in the 1950s caused so much damage, gives a great insight into life in an area where no trees provide lumber for construction and people literally scraped an existence out of the volcanic rocks.

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8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went during the first week of April, and we didn't need a jacket for this. When the Sun is out that's a perfect time to appreciate the contrast of these dark holes on light colored rocks against the background of the sky. Simply beautiful, just don't forget to bring a nice camera - Your phone just will not cut... More

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Caledonia, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

On my last visit to cappadocia my friend took us to a different open air museum then the last time and i must say that it was the best one ive seen. First it is cheap to get in at only 8 turkies lira and then it is absolutly mystical out of this world gorgous,with great paths and wide steeps... More

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Munich, Germany
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

No chimneys, no underground, no balloon and no churches yet most bad reviews got this wrong in my opinion. This IS a museum showing how people lived in caves until 1950s and is unique in this sense. The rocks formations are beautiful and the natural semi dome is unique. You need to walk it in full to enjoy it. I... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

It is formed of 3 valleys, one more impressive than the other. It will take around 1 hour to explore all three of them. It is well worth it. Do not give up around teh second valley.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

this place is even better than goreme open air museum. it was the one which fascinated me the most. i strongly advice travelers to go and experience it. people actually lived in these caves until recently, 1940s.

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Fougeres, France
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Lovely caves in a very tranquil spot. Has far less tourist than the Goreme equivalent, or it certainly did when we visited in the morning. A tour guide is a bonus, or you would just wander around without having a clue what everything is about as very few signs exist (that is the only reason I did not give 5... More

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