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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
As featured in 3 Days in Goreme
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Merkez, Muze Cd., Goreme 50180, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful heritage site. Medium to high level fitness to reach some places. Extra charge for cathedral views (annoying to pay again inside). Lovely gift shop. Could spend half a day wondering in & out of caves.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Base-Jenny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were advised to miss this as it would be crowded. Instead we went straight there after breakfast and therefore managed to missed all the guided tours which seem to start at 9:30. The museum opens at 8am so there is plenty of time to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank lI0ve2h0liday
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Karanlık Kilise (Dark Church) - the main attraction in the Göreme Open Air Museum is closed for the restoration (a guard said "for 6 months"). There is no information about this on website or on entry to the site. Even more - if you buy...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 971kubap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on the Red Tour for 28 euros per person. This was our 2nd stop. Entrance for 45 tl was included in our tour price. When we came late morning, it was already super crowded with tour groups. In some places, there was a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited this site on a day tour. it's truly amazing and exquisite. a real travel back in time, a fantastic experience.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JoaoCE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe this place is a good deal to people without a car because there are a lot of places like this and better near Goreme by car. I visited a lot of places in Capadoccia and everything was very nice and I didn’t see so...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vetultrassonografia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting to explore. We went on the Red Tour, and I think we are not there long enough to see it all...it was a bit rushed. I advise you to go by yourself if you really want to see it all and take your...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank SoniaDutra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely the best Göreme has to offer. Do not shy away from paying 70 TL (10 euro) for the entrance ticket. You’ll see the best preserved chapels and rocks here.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank edino2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, on the nicest ones, you are not allowed to take pictures. The frescoes are really beautiful, and some, quite nicely preserved. Go early to avoid crowds.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Ana_L_23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was so unexpectedly spectacular and I'm so glad we visited this outdoor museum. It was so interesting to see how Christians used to live in the caves. Some of the frescoes are very well preserved on the walls.

Date of experience: April 2019
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SJTBasildon
March 20, 2017|
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Walking is not terribly difficult you might want to consider a hiking stick just for added stability if you or a fellow traveler is not surefooted. A car is a plus and will make you much more flexible. Honestly sidewalks and... More
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Na maioria dos lugares é gratuito. Há alguns lugares especiais que cobram pequena taxa. Mas nada se compara aos 200 US$ para andar de Balão. Os preços dos museus é... More
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Response from fernando m | Reviewed this property |
Dentro do vilarejo GOREME há as cavernas, casas, abrigos, capelas, onde homens primitivos moraram. Alguns até foram transformados em pequenos hotéis ou pousadas. Lá está a... More
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