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“Really fascinating and interesting place”

Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
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North Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum
Ranked #3 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Really fascinating and interesting place”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

This open-air museum in the heart of Cappadocia comprises a lovely area of rock chapels and former monasteries. The chapels, from the 12 & 13th centuries, all carved within the rock formations contain beautiful frescoes and paintings of Christian stories. The various groups of rock formations are connected with good paths. Some of the chapels are accessed by steep steps, and there are lovely views across the valleys from the higher points. Outside the main museum area but still accessed via the main entry ticket is the magnificent "buckle" chapel, probably the best of all. Unmissable for those in the area.

Visited February 2014
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Casablanca, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great cave paintings!”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

The museum is a little far out of town (about a 20-min walk from Goreme) but definitely worth visiting. It's not like a typical museum - it's a collection of well preserved churches and buildings built into the fairy chimneys and rock structures. There are many cool churches (some including graves) built into the rocks and some of them have amazing cave paintings inside. There are little plaques outside each church that give you all the information you need (when it was built, a description of the architecture, what the painted scenes depict)

It was annoying that there were guards in each building who stopped you from taking pictures. I understand that flash might degrade the paintings, but why not allow pictures without flash or videos? You can probably be able to sneak a few pictures :)

Also, why does the dark church cost 8 TL more? It's not that expensive, and the paintings are better preserved than the other churches, but it seems rude that you pay at the entrance and then have to pay AGAIN to see the best attraction.

Overall though, the paintings were cool, and it was great that the museum preserves these structures so well - many of the surroundings not in the museum are not as well preserved.

Definitely stop at the Church before it on the side of the road (it's free) and hike around the valley surrounding the museum. You can explore lots of cool parts on your own and maybe find some paintings there too!

Visited February 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Awesome view”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

So good place. Absolutely see it. There is also horse riding. 10 to 20 lira. It is cheap. You should wear relaxable shoes it is important.

Visited February 2014
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Milan, Italy
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“Curious, but...”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We enjoyed our quick trip through the open air museum. We didn't go with a tour and we didn't pay for an audio guide. We walked to the site from our hotel and just wandered around for about an hour. The most interesting was probably the Dark Church. No photos are allowed inside the churches. The primitive art work was really interesting. Dark Church costs 8TL extra beyond the 15TL regular admission.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Balloons Over Bedrock (Cappadocia, Turkey) Episode One”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My team The Golden Compass and I went to Cappadocia to film our balloon ride experience. To be honest that comes first. The Open Air Museum is something to do either before or after your flight. Here is the episode we filmed about the Open Air Museum

It's very cool to see how people lived in the caves many thousands of years ago. Plus it cool in there when outside is hot. To put it in perspective stay in a cave motel while your in Cappadocia!!!

Visited July 2013
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