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AbstractCappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province, a region of exceptional natural and geological wonders, characterized by the unique formation of fairy chimneys, rich historical and cultural heritage, and surreal, lunar landscape. Zelve Valley is flanked by Goreme from the west and Devrent Valley from the east, only a couple of kilometers off the Cavusin ? Avanos Road. Abundant with the unique Fairy Chimney rock formations, the Old Zelve Village was settled by the Turks (Seljuks) after the Romans and Early Christians had left. Here Christians and Muslims lived together for some time. The early settlement was mostly carved into the rock-faces of the valley with rock-hewn churches and monasteries. Later a small mosque with a minaret was built there. One of the most famous edifices there is the Grapes Church. Exquisite rock formations can be seen especially in the Pasabag area, reaching 15 ? 20 meters in height, some in groups and some triple-coned. The churches and monasteries are mostly form the Iconoclastic Period (7th ? 9th centuries AD). Circa 1950 the village was abandoned due to severe erosion and the villagers were relocated. Today, the Old Village of Zelve serves as a popular open-air museum.
DateImage: April, 2010
TypeArchitecture and City Planning
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