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“Amazed!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Goreme Open-Air Museum

Goreme Open-Air Museum
Muze Yolu | Goreme, Nevsehir, Goreme, Turkey
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Goreme
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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“Amazed!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We took a flight from Istanbul at the recommendation of friends to visit Cappadocia. The entire area was fascinating and a true view back in time. Sandstone caves were dug out for living by monks and hermits. Some of the beautiful artwork that adorns the chapels dates back to the 3rd. Century AD. Some of the artwork is very primitive, while others have vibrant colors and lots of detail. Many Christians lived in this area to hide from Roman persecution in the caves and underground cities nearby. The landscape is surreal, best described as "lunar", with colors of brown, beige and black. (Think the American southwest without the colors). Well worth your time to visit this area, especially if you are a history buff. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Visited November 2013
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“Fabulous and unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Like everything else in Cappadocia, this is absolutely breathtaking scenery and definitely worthwhile. There may be many tourists, but hey you're one of them yourself so chill out and enjoy the fantastic nature and history oozing from the place.

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“A view into history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a walk back in time to see how many lived and worshiped centuries ago. Protected since the 1960s, this well used housing has served for thousands of years. It is helpful to go with a guide, but a taped narration is available. Lots of steps and steep slopes, however.

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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is a well preserved area where you can visit old cave dwellings and churches up close and personal. It's a fascinating place with good explanations of what the different rooms were for as well as information about the churches. This could prove particularly useful if you go on to explore some of the valleys in Cappadocia where you will find the same kind of dwellings that have been left to the elements. You will find that you know better, what you are looking at.
There are good facilities at the open-air museum including a decent gift shop, a cafe and toilets.
A standard ticket includes entry into the church which is just outside and across the road from the museum which should not be missed. It is also worth paying extra to see the Dark Church if you're particularly interested in the well preserved frescos as this is most definitely the best example.
The museum gets very busy with coach parties but we found that it wasn't too bad around lunch time when the groups leave to go and eat. As it is mainly outdoors and set over quite a large area, it never feels too crowded. We found that 2-3 hours was sufficient for covering everything.

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Finding history in the caves is like no other experience in the world! Allow plenty of time to explore!

Visited March 2013
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