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“Interesting to get some local colour”

Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
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North Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum
Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Goreme
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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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Interesting to get some local colour”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Planning to spend several days on the region, thought I would get some background first. Museum is about 1 km (.6 mile) from downtown. Lots of tour buses mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but it's a very easy walk from town,'assuming you can spend more than five minutes outside a car. Audio tour doesn't add much, as there are signposts with most critical information outside each 'room'. As with any museum, if you're not REALLY interested in the topic, the experience wears thin, very soon. This museum is fascinating when you first arrive, plunging into "oh look, another hole in another wall" by the end. One highlight is the 'church' in the middle of the museum. It's an extra 8 lira, but well worth it. All in all, you could easily whip through the highlights of this museum in an hour if you chose. Or less.

Visited March 2013
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“Out of this World”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Good times at the Open Air Museum of Goreme. Sited only a couple hundred meters of the city of Goreme, and following the main road as soon as you leave Goreme towards Avanos direction. It's only 10-15 minutes walking distance.
Here is the place to contemplate the several Christian Churches and dwellings cave in rocks, some of them with original and well preserved frescoes.
Make sure you get there early in the morning, before the large groups arrive. Very interesting vist, worth at least 2 hours.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A great introduction to rock formations and cave dwellings”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

but take more time and trek some of the many surround trails -- uncrowded and even more impressive than the museum.
Trails are well maintained and many trailheads have markers with satellite maps.

Start on the road going from central Goreme to the open air museum, and detour south a mile or two on the Zemi Valley trail. Then continue back on the main road above the open air museum to the Sword Valley trail. It is a slot canyon with a few chutes and ladders, but none too difficult (I am a senior and had no problem). From the north end of the Sword Valley continue north to the Rose and Red Valleys, ending in the town of Cavusin, where on can catch a bus back to Goreme (south) or Avanos (north). The views along the trails are incredible, and you will have none of the crowds that over-run the area in high season.

Visited February 2013
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“Great sightseeing”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This open-air museum is rather a archeological sight where you can find very old caves. These were monasteries, churches and houses. It is pretty interesting and also you get a great view of the valley.

Visited March 2013
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

If you are in the area, you should not miss this. The churches & dwellings built into the hillsides have to be seen to be believed. I had no idea at all what to expect, and I was bowled over by it. I took hundreds of photos. Provides a real insight into Turkish Christian history.

Visited March 2013
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