Goreme Open-Air Museum

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Goreme Open-Air Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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selyoink
Washington237 contributions
Nice but overpriced
Oct 2021 • Friends
After day of a hiking I was wondering where all the tourists were. I discovered they were at the open air museum. It's a nice place but overpriced in my opinion when you can hike the valleys for free on your own. If you aren't a hiker then you will probably enjoy more than I did.
Written 16 October 2021
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Julie M
Coopersburg, PA20 contributions
Historical early Christian structures
Oct 2021 • Friends
Very interesting and informative museum. Great photo opportunities. Involves a bit of hiking and climbing. Unfortunately no indoor photos are permitted.
Written 15 October 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,380 contributions
One of world's best open air museums
Aug 2021
Goreme Open air museum is the most accessible one from the town of Goreme. It's a short drive from town with lot of parking spaces on site.
Entrance fee is 100 TL, but it is included in the "Museum Cappadocia Pass" which I strongly suggest (saves you almost 50% on separate tickets).
Goreme open air museum is famous for its Churches carved in rocks - there are around 15 of them and most of them you can enter. Bear in mind that touring it is pretty challenging with uneven terrain, rocks, steps, etc...not suitable for people with mobility issues.
The Dark Church requires a small extra fee which is included if you have the Pass.
Although there're "No Photo" signs, you can do that almost everywhere. In some churches frescoes are faded, while in some perfectly preserved considering their age.
Count on around 1,5 to 2 hours for a proper visit.
Written 11 October 2021
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swisstraveller
Berne492 contributions
Beautiful churches
Sep 2021
We very much enjoyed this open-air museum - its very well kept, clean, with great views and several churches from the 10th to 12th century built into the rocks to visit. The paintings inside some of the churches (especially the "apple church") are really beautiful and considering the age, in very good condition. Dont miss the beautiful Tokali church, which is 50 meters down the road from the museum (entrance is included in your ticket).

Dont visit on the weekend, as it gets really crowded then.
Written 4 October 2021
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UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania709 contributions
Worth a visit in off season or rainy day
Sep 2021
The museum was a very interesting place to visit. I loved the historic rock carved churches for the fantastical nature of their architecture alone. It's remarkable to think about them carving out these churches and houses from the rock. The admission fee was 100 lira just for the day pass with no frills, or about 10 euros. It was a fair price, however once inside we noticed that seemingly half or more of the churches and cave homes were roped off or had shuttered doors. It was raining during our visit, so we had the luxury of not much competition for the open spots.
Written 23 September 2021
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Martha M
2 contributions
Interesting churches
Sep 2021 • Solo
All the churches were interesting and I was fascinated how they were built. Overall the experience was great . However,no pictures or videos were allowed to be taken inside them .
Written 11 September 2021
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Dan
1 contribution
NO PHOTOS / NO VIDEO
Aug 2021
After paying 100 TL per person you will discover that all churches have big printed NO PHOTOS / NO VIDEO signs. Should this have been announced at the ticket office, we wouldn't have bothered. There are guards in each church to watch your phone/camera.

I wonder if whoever makes these illogical decisions understands that tourists will still visit the place regardless of how many pictures can be found online. And no, in the digital age I will not buy your printed postcards, all you get is frustrated visitors that feel cheated.

It's a tourist trap that benefits from being close to Goreme
Written 30 August 2021
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NJJones13
Manchester, UK22 contributions
Not as expected, not worth the money
Aug 2021 • Couples
Expensive entrance fee parts were closed, then extra charge to the main attraction.
Better places to visit of the beaten track with none or very little charge.
Written 16 August 2021
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harlemfamily
New York City, NY635 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2021
We enjoyed our visit but the highlight is the dark church- which is the highlight - is visited only with an additional admission - unless you have the museum pass... Otherwise the churches are ok and interesting but not spectacular.
Written 29 July 2021
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Musafir_frm_NJ
Piscataway, NJ202 contributions
An interesting historical place
Feb 2021
Highly recommended for those interested in the history of this region. Makes one wonder how the inhabitants of this place managed to carve out their dwelling amongst these rock without the modern tools that are available. Some of the churches had intricate art work.
Written 31 May 2021
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