is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari. The
ruins at Zelve are spread over three valleys, which also house many pointed
fairy chimneys with large stems. Zelve was an important settlement and
religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries.
The first seminaries to priests were given here. The Direkli Church (with
the Columns), situated at the bottom of the slope, dates back to the early
years of monastery life in Zelve. The main decorations are high relief
crosses belonging to the Iconoclastic doctrine. Some of the most important
churches in the valley are Balikli (Fish), Uzumlu (Grapes) and Geyikli
(Deer) Churches, dating to the Pre-Iconoclastic period. The valley was
inhabited until 1952. 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.