Goreme Open-Air Museum
Goreme Open-Air Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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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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Naima A
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Friends
Highly recommend! One cannot experience Cappadocia without pre sunrise hot air balloon. It’s magical!
Written 24 September 2022
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TravelwithMary
Boston, MA41 contributions
A landmark of the world. The whole experience of walking around this mountains and understanding how people lived here was breath taking. Really organized museum with a beautiful café and shops before you walk around and get lost into the churches and cave house in this place. Truly Recommend.
Written 12 September 2022
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OlafOlsen
Newcastle, Australia4 contributions
Disappointing. As a museum we expected a comprehensive account of the caves; who lived there, how they lived there, its history of different occupants life, what life was like at that time of history in that part of the world. Instead, because the caves here were all Christian chapels the audio descriptions simply described the various frescoes we were looking at inside the cave chapels - effectively recounting what you may already know of Christianity. I learned nothing about the people. If you want detailed descriptions of the religious paintings then go for it. Not the history I was looking for.
Written 12 September 2022
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John C
134 contributions
IF you are visiting one of the underground Cities, Or Urchisar Kasteli, The Candles, QUad bike tour etc Theres not much to be gained from visiting this site, As there better stuff for FREE, And where you can TAKE PICTURES, which are not allowed here. Plus its not cheap, And too buisy for us,,
Avoid paying extra for the Audio guide, as its a fiddle to use, and mostly tells you nothing that you can't see anyway.. You can walk from Goreme Town , About 20 mins
PS Theres another cave attraction outside,,,Which costs extra,, A bit odd!
Written 11 September 2022
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Wura YM
Lagos, Nigeria20 contributions
Very large and atleast an hour is required to go everywhere. Beautifukl scenery. Wonderful presentation of History.
Written 29 August 2022
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Thung673
The Hague, The Netherlands340 contributions
Solo
Goreme Open Air museum is a must-see site. Basically multiple churches carved out of rock. Well worth the visit but bring good shoes because accesses can be trickey and certainly not maintained for the less abled pedestrians. Go at earliest opening time or around late afternoon when (in summer) it is not so hot and numbers of tourists are less.
Written 27 August 2022
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xglobe
Silkeborg27 contributions
Ticket prices are very high compared to similar attractions in the area. Note that the dark church is not even included in the price.
Photography is prohibited.
The area has a lower exhibition value than other places in the area.
I noticed that some of the rocks were built in cement and reinforced with fiberglass. They hardly contain much historical value.
How this place is approved by Unesco is a mystery to me.
Written 20 August 2022
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hibbfam
Macclesfield, UK35 contributions
This is obviously a unique place but there's so much more potential to tell the story. As a UNESCO site, we felt there could have been a lot more information for visitors and the caves could have been brought to life either through the use of virtual technology or visuals so we could have imagined how life would have been for someone living in the caves. It's a pity that as in many places in Turkey - random men approach you offering their service as a personal guide (at a cost) if you want more information with no obvious ID on them, despite having already paid to enter and a very basic audio guide. I don't object to guided tours but this should be offered at the ticket office so you know it's genuine. Whilst I appreciate there may not be much information as to how the inhabitants lived (and they were apparently Christian - so perhaps alot of the historical evidence has been destroyed), there must be some more data UNESCO have about this period? We visited the Megalithic temples in Malta last year and there was a vast amount of information about them. We travelled with two teenagers and even they said they were disappointed that there wasn't more information.
Written 12 August 2022
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malbik
Bognor Regis, UK92 contributions
Couples
It was my main point to go there but after visiting Uchisar, Goreme disappoined me. 200TRY for enterance is quite expensive, anyway whole Kapadokya is beautiful
Written 7 August 2022
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Leesa N
53 contributions
I’d recommend doing the Green Tour and seeing something similar but much more impressive. Good to see if you’re into history but there are better examples of these religious caves
Written 31 July 2022
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