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“A place to see”

Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
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North Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum
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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.
Ankara, Turkey
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“A place to see”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was certainly amazed by the caves that took me way back to the ways and means in which people of the 11th century used to live. Life seemed to have been difficult for them and I am sure fear of wars had made them think twice before they carved the rocks down below. Everything showed that there was a very sophisticated civilisation. Had they had the current machines to dig below the rocks, I am sure, they would have dug down into the core of the earth.

Visited August 2013
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Ilhabela, SP
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“A start to understand cave life.”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Good to understand the cave life and the interior architecture of the caves and see conserved churches. But if you have more time in Capadoccia you can see the same house and churches caves in other sitios for free.

Visited August 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“All very beautiful, but.....”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Lots of coach trips come here, and to be honest, had I been brave enough to explore Cappadocia by myself rather than via a tour I wouldn't have stayed too long here. The scenery is amazing, but the scenery throughout the town of Goreme and the surrounding area are equally amazing. The only difference being a number of caves here that have been converted into churches and living quarters that are open to the public. As other people have stated, once you have seen one cave church, the frescos tend to merge into one.

Visited July 2013
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Auckland
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“Beat the crowds and heat - go in the morning or late afternoon”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

It's great to peer into the caves and ancient churches to imagine life in another time. However, it's hard to step back in time during the middle of the day when tourists are queuing to look through the sights and flashes are going off in all directions. I'd recommend going early or late to avoid the crowds.
It was 23 TL for entry and an extra 8 TL for the dark church. There's another few good churches (not quite as good) in the museum which don't charge extra.
It is a 15 minute walk from the bus station. There is another larger cave church, which is included in the main ticket price, on the walk up to the open air museum. It's worth dropping in on your way back to town.

Visited August 2013
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Cape Town
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“Göreme's own Tatooine”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Göreme open-air museum resembles a real life, resemblance of Star Wars planet Tatooine that is approximately 1.5 km's from Göreme's centre. The physical manifestation is enriched by the well preserved monastic complex imbued with deep piety allowing visitors to dwell on the evolution of religious artwork evident in the frescoes.

History and religion aside, the UNESCO site is interesting in its own right and deserves a visit, even if it's to admire the fine rock-cut churches and its breathtaking surrounding.

On an even lighter note it offers a great landscape for taking pictures for friends and family while enjoying a stroll through something that is completely different to what you have seen before, making the 15TL entrance fee well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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