In Nevşehir, Turkey – through the Deviant valley (also known as the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys) – one finds the Zelve Open Air Museum. In pre-iconoclastic times, Christians moved to Zelve to hide during the Persian and Arab invasions.
Today it is a truly beautiful site to wander and contemplate the lives of those that made this otherworldly dwelling.
A short and pleasant walk, about 1.5 km, southeast of Göreme town lies the “Open Air Museum”, which is the Turkish region of Cappadocia’s principal attraction; for good reason! The Göreme Open Air Museum is a monastic complex of medieval cave churches, carved out by Orthodox monks, and embellished with Byzantine frescoes dating from 900-1200 AD.
We kept our dinner at Dibek Traditional Cook for our last evening in Cappadocia, and regret it a little. Dibek Traditional Cook is hands down THE BEST restaurant we went to during our entire excursion – and we shoud’ve had dinner there every evening!!