Zelve Valley (now known as The Zelve Open Air Museum) one of the most fantastic, exiting and historical place I have ever traveled. Who knows maybe the master of jedi ,Obi-wan, found Luke in this valley :P.
1. Map of the Valley
2. Enterance to the valley
It was a monastic retreat from the 9th to the 13th century where Christians moved during the Persian and Arab invasions. Zelve was until 1952 a living community where ordinary people went about their daily life, grinding bulgur at the seten (mill), pressing grapes for pekmez (molasses) in the şaraphane (winery), rearing pigeons for their fertilizing manure in the güvercinliks (pigeon houses) and bedding their animals down for the night in the cave-cut ahırs (stables).
The Christians and Muslims lived here together in perfect harmony until 1924 when the Christians had to leave as a result 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 little further on, to which they gave the name Yeni Zelve.
Apart from monasteries and churches, houses, a tunnel joining two of the valleys, a mill, a mosque and several dovecotes are found in the valley.
5. A wiev from churchs
If you decided to visit Cappadocia, do not leave without walk around that place and for the rest of valley (I mean for Cappadocia) spend minimum a day.