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“Must see in Cappadocia”

Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Lunch, from Goreme
Ranked #5 of 21 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are interested in history of christianism, this is a must-see location.

I wasn't well prepared for this cultural attraction so I've decided to rent tape recordings for 10 TRL from the ticket booth - that tells you something about each church. However, I was disappointed because the information given is really extremely brief so it doesn't help to grasp the history or any other details. Also, my battery died in the middle of the tour and from what I understand from the security guys, it happens quite a while. When I returned my tape/device, they gave me my money back.
I would advice the travellers to read about the place beforehand or to find a good guide who knows about the Roman Empire, the Bible, Christ and other figures from the era. When I say a good guide, someone who can do more than showing a wall painting and say "this is Christ and this is Virgin Mary". There are several key figures around the churches and it's priceless if the tour guide can give you a bit more about the story behind the paintings and the daily life of those people, the labyrinths all around the city and the underground cities.

Also, there is a specific church inside the open-air museum: whoever wishes to see inside, should pay an extra 8TRL. It's worth it.

Make sure you have your sneakers on because you will be walking and climbing stairs. A flashlight could also come handy if you are interested in seeing details inside the churches.

At the end of the tour, there is a museum shop around the corner. You can rest, drink refreshments and buy souvenirs. But if you are hungry, I would advise you to find a good place that makes "gozleme".

Thank khaleesicortese
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

It's a very impressive and well preserved set of cave churches. The "Dark Church" requires an extra fee but is well worth the visit. It's no wonder this is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Thank FamiCLE
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This museum is full of Byzantine era churches complete with Byzantine paintings. However, there are so many of them that it does get old. However, I highly recommend paying the extra money to see the Dark Church. It is called the Dark Church because little light has gotten in over the years, which means that the Byzantine paintings have been little corrupted, so they are very vivid, and some of the best examples of Byzantine paintings. If you see any of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum, make sure it is this one.

Thank ACD323
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

You can't miss it, since it's one of the main tourist attractions in Göreme. But it gets old after a while, because everything looks the same. Still worth the experience.

Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Honestly, I was not impressed. I stood in lines to see in the churches. After the first two or three they were all the same. If you have seen byzantine artwork on churches before, don't bother. If you do go, make sure to see the church down the hill, as it was the best one. (Or, you could just walk in, looking at it, and when the man ask for your ticket, walk back out, already having seen it). The hiking in the rose/red valley was much more worthwhile - and free!

We were in and out in about 35 minutes. It is about a 30 minute walk from town.

Thank brandasa
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