Zelve Monastery - Cappadocia / Avanos

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ZELVE MONASTERY was carved into the rock in pre-Iconoclastic times.- The remains of the Zelve monastery complex is located on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1 km from Paşa Bağlari and 10 km out from Göreme on the Avanos road. Zelve does not have the rich frescoes of Göreme and other Cappodocian locations. Spread out over three valleys, of which two are connected by a tunnel, the monastery is still rich in its own beauty. The complex contains innumerable rooms and passages which also house many pointed fairy chimneys with large stems, at about 40 feet above the valley floor. Zelve, though recently uninhabited, was an important settlement and religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries. The Christians moved to Zelve during the Persian and Arab invasions.

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Comments (66)

Banje Reporter on October 16, 2012

There is a region in the province of Hamadan Vshhrstan TAKAB the period of Mongol-like dragons here there is Vmjsmh .. Liked

Mojzer László on October 27, 2012

Hi Mustafa! It's a beautiful picture. Greetings: Laci

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on November 22, 2012

Harika tanıtıcı bir fotoğraf,ellerinize sağlık Mustafa Bey.LIKE selamlar

leo1383 on November 23, 2012

Like,interesting place,nice monastery,regards

Christos Theodorou on December 11, 2012

Very nice picture, marvelous place - Kind regards – Christos

Erol Barutçugil on April 27, 2013

Zelve'den ayrıntılı güzel bir kompozisyon. Like. Selamlar.Erol

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Photo taken in Göreme Tarihi Milli Parkı, 50500 Nevsehir, Turkey

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