Goreme Open-Air Museum

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Goreme Open-Air Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of the top attractions in the region, this outdoor museum contains the remains of many churches carved into the famous Cappadocia stone. Of note are the many excellent frescoes that can be seen when exploring the various structures.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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cathleentracy
Fairfax, VA34 contributions
Jul. 2021
We walked there from Goreme and toured the open air museum site learning about the historical area. As we went in July, I recommend bringing water, wearing sunscreen and a hat to protect against the sun. Sturdy walking shoes are a plus. On the walk there and back, there are scenic views of the fairy chimneys.
Written 8 January 2022
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ariunari
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia34 contributions
Dec. 2021
Go early or in winter to escape the madding crowd. Very atmospheric place to explore the different caves and imagine life hundreds of years ago.
Written 28 December 2021
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THK
7 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
Open air museum is worth visiting especially if you are interested in visiting historical sites and learning about the human civilization
Written 23 December 2021
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Leigh-Traveler2015
Birmingham, AL1,035 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
Interesting. You’ll see several chapels carved into the rock. Painted ceilings. No photos allowed inside. Sadly over the years they have been damaged by vandals, but still worth stopping in to see the beautiful and unusual sight.
Written 11 December 2021
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Paul J
Dushanbe, Tajikistan704 contributions
Nov. 2021
Although somewhat crowded (we were there on a weekend), this place is a great collection of chapels and monastery rooms that will have you wondering what it was like when active. Some amazing carvings out of the rock and religious paintings. We had a guide who helped put things in context.
Written 30 November 2021
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Kumar786
Bengaluru, India574 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Went round the geological wonder. Very ancient. Seat of ancient Christianity. Very interesting to note the initial days of Christianity.
Written 5 November 2021
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KMLondon22
London, UK159 contributions
Oct. 2021
If you are interested in understanding the history of the area, then along with taking in an underground city this is a must. A Unesco World Heritage site with ancient churches decorated with frescoes carved into the rock. The title open-air museum is a misnomer as the churches are obviously inside, you simply walk between them outside. It is unfortunate that you have to pay extra on top of the general entrance fee to get into any church that has got a decent fresco, hopefully the money all goes to upkeep. Also unfortunate that you cannot take pictures inside, I could understand no flash but most cameras don't need it nowadays. [For those that are not interested in history or ticking off the local sights, I wouldn't fret if you can't get here].
Written 29 October 2021
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selyoink
Washington238 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
After day of a hiking I was wondering where all the tourists were. I discovered they were at the open air museum. It's a nice place but overpriced in my opinion when you can hike the valleys for free on your own. If you aren't a hiker then you will probably enjoy more than I did.
Written 16 October 2021
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Julie M
Coopersburg, PA20 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Very interesting and informative museum. Great photo opportunities. Involves a bit of hiking and climbing. Unfortunately no indoor photos are permitted.
Written 15 October 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia11,396 contributions
Aug. 2021
Goreme Open air museum is the most accessible one from the town of Goreme. It's a short drive from town with lot of parking spaces on site.
Entrance fee is 100 TL, but it is included in the "Museum Cappadocia Pass" which I strongly suggest (saves you almost 50% on separate tickets).
Goreme open air museum is famous for its Churches carved in rocks - there are around 15 of them and most of them you can enter. Bear in mind that touring it is pretty challenging with uneven terrain, rocks, steps, etc...not suitable for people with mobility issues.
The Dark Church requires a small extra fee which is included if you have the Pass.
Although there're "No Photo" signs, you can do that almost everywhere. In some churches frescoes are faded, while in some perfectly preserved considering their age.
Count on around 1,5 to 2 hours for a proper visit.
Written 11 October 2021
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