El Nazar Kilise

El Nazar Kilise, Goreme

El Nazar Kilise
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Menna Ashraf
Cairo, Egypt20 contributions
On our way back from Goreme open museum, we found a small sign that there is a church inside, its a long walk that involves some hikings, we were pretty exhausted when we reached the top of the mountain that we needed sometime to catch our breath.

We had a musuem pass but apparently its not involved in that so we booked a 7TL ticket, its a pretty small church, we were the only two visitors so we had the place for ourselves for about a full hour.

Its not worth the walk, if you are going by a motorcycle or any ride that would be better. The churches in the open air museum are much more prettier so there not much more that this church offers.
Written November 17, 2019
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Bevan M
Rakiura, Stewart Island68 contributions
Couples
This is the Church of the Evil Eye and it is a quiet, infrequently visited site only 10 minutes walk from the main road to the museum from Goreme. Simply follow the signs. We appreciated the opportunity to have an unhindered look around at a place under restoration, and even though the frescoes are not up to the standard of others in the Goreme open-air museum, they are interesting in their own right. There is a very small entrance fee - the one guard had to walk to the church with us to open up. He earned his tip!
Near to the church are wonderful fairy chimneys and other landforms which are as good as you will see anywhere else - because they are away from the main road, there are no tour buses and their crowds. For that reason alone you will enjoy the peace and quiet.
Written June 19, 2013
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Viajefun1
28 contributions
Couples
El Nazar Kilise was a nice quick walk from Goreme - a good space filler after other hikes or activities. I agree the fee is not really worth it for what you see. The custodian is a nice guy, however, and if you ask him, he may let you see the "hidden church" - its a semi-challenging 300m hike from this site, but its AMAZING.
Written July 12, 2012
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Goose
Virginia63 contributions
Couples
A long walk from the main road, and the valley countryside is much more interesting than the church. Not worth the 5 lira entrance fee for a five minute visit, any church in the open air museums or valleys offers just as much.
Written July 7, 2014
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Leeanne G
Brisbane, Australia1,648 contributions
Couples
We walked in to see this church which is a fair distance from the road only to find it shut and it appears as though it has been for awhile.
Written March 23, 2014
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john f
Wotton-under-Edge, UK19 contributions
Couples
Not much to see in this fairy chimney church for the entrance fee. Isolated in valley not far from main Goreme road - having walked there we went in but.....
Written November 1, 2014
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Susan S
Yangon80 contributions
Friends
Of the many, many beautiful cave churches in Cappadocia, this one has not been restored on the inside and the frescoes are very damaged. From the outside it looks like a gnome cottage and stands alone in the valley where it is. You can give this one a miss with no problem. Many others are far more beautiful.
Written April 26, 2013
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Eric H
Seattle, WA249 contributions
Couples
El Nazar church is a bit of a hike from the main road into Göreme and the road is hot and dusty. Good shoes are necessary, but so is a good attitude. We noticed other people who grumbled about the 5 lire per person price for such a small and insignificant church in an area with much better examples. They only saw this church and left without seeing much. We were genuinely happy that the cost wasn't much and we got the grand tour.

Mehmet, the caretaker of the little church, explained the frescoes, then when everyone else left, took us to a fairy chimney nearby to see the interior carvings and stick our heads out the exterior openings. He took us back to his small office, offered us tea, and sized us up. He must have thought we were trustworthy and told us about a "hidden" church up on the hillside. He gave us a key to open the gate to the hidden church and led us partway up the path. He pointed out the way and left us to visit the hidden church on our own.

The hidden church had many more frescoes, but many had been vandalized explaining why it was no longer open to tourists and "hidden". The interior had decorated columns and ceilings, and was quite spacious. We took our time and when we finally returned down the trail, Mehmet was there to help us find our way down the hillside. Again, we were able to rest in his office out of the sun, and were offered tea, apples and tomatoes once more. He did all this without any expectation of a tip or further payment, but we didn't want his kindness to go unrewarded.

Once again, being friendly to locals allowed us to get experiences we might otherwise have missed.
Written August 4, 2016
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Terra_Encounters
Ottawa, Canada77 contributions
Couples
I think the main point is to not to visit the interior of this conical church but to go on the side trail to this church, which starts on the left of the Zemi Hike. After a short but steep climb you are rewarded with views of phallic and pyramidal hoodoos as well as the conical rock church with a distant view of the fairy chimneys of Goreme Open-Air Museum. You can wander among the hoodoos on the other side of Zemi Trail and move on to other hikes. I would definitely recommend Zemi because there were very few tourists; though I would place it third behind the other two places I would recommend terraencounters.blogspot.com
Written February 5, 2015
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Matthew L
11 contributions
Family
This church is a little hard to get to--it's maybe a mile or so down the Zemi Valley trail, but the signage is very clear. You won't get any closer to Byzantine frescoes than this. They're more faded than the ones in the Dark Church, but you can have them to yourself and you can take pictures (don't use a flash please). Make sure you check the hours, as the church is only open when the caretaker is present. We got there just at opening time and the caretaker was a little late, but it was worth waiting for.
Written August 5, 2014
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