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Goreme Open Air Museum
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Goreme Open Air Museum

Admire the colorful frescoes on the walls of the churches carved into the rocky terrain and learn about Turkey’s Byzantine past.

The exceptional Göreme Open Air Museum is home to a number of churches carved into the rocks by medieval Christian monks. Explore the historic site on foot to see intriguing frescos from 1,000 years ago and learn about the Byzantine people who created them. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main draw of the Cappadocia region due to its awe-inspiring views, diverse terrain and sculpted spiritual homes.

Upon arrival, sign up for a group tour of the outdoor museum. Look around the mysterious churches that are carved into the rocky terrain. The Karanlik Kilise (Dark Church) is considered the museum’s highlight due to its well-preserved frescoes. See the Nunnery, which contains a church, dining hall, kitchen and many other rooms across seven stories.

Practice your camera skills on some of the extraordinary caves dotted around the museum. Learn about the fascinating history of the caves and the monks who once inhabited them. At one point, shepherd boys destroyed many of the frescoes because they were taught that images were sinful. The churches date back as far as the 10th century.

Admire the murals that remain intact, portraying a blend of biblical and fanciful scenes, including saints slaying dragons.

At the end of your tour, make sure to visit Tokali Church, which is included in your ticket. The church is hidden at the bottom of a hill between the museum and the town of Göreme. Visit the underground chapel and follow the narrative of frescoes.

Remember to bring enough water for your tour in the scorching afternoon sun. Visit in the morning or late afternoon in order to avoid much of the heat. The museum opens daily from morning until early evening and has a relatively small admission fee. The Karanlik Kilise requires an additional charge.

Find the Göreme Open Air Museum in the center of the Cappadocia area, just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Göreme. Many hotels and restaurants surround the relatively built-up part of the historical region.

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Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites
Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No. 40, Nevsehir
The price is $123 per night from May 15 to May 15
Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (228 reviews)
"My fiancé and I had a wonderful, peaceful and serene stay at the Sultan Cave Suites. The hospitality and service was A the food was well prepared, the suite was spacious, clean and comfortable and the location of the hotel was central to A variety of restaurants and souvenir shops within walking ..."

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

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Ottoman Cave Suites
Ottoman Cave Suites
4 out of 5
Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $72 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Uchisar Castle. Göreme Roman Castle and Roman ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (602 reviews)
"Amazing place."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

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Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel - Special Class
Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Gafferli Mah. Ünlü Sok. No:19, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $80 per night from May 30 to May 30
Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (498 reviews)
Enjoy our Cappadocia stay.
"Good friendly service, accommodate us with late check out. Good breakfast and good view from the hotel. Heated bathroom floor is a plus. Good location. Overall enjoy our stay in Cappadocia."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel - Special Class
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Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites
Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No. 40, Nevsehir
The price is $123 per night from May 15 to May 15
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Ottoman Cave Suites
Ottoman Cave Suites
4 out of 5
Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $72 per night from May 20 to May 20
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Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel - Special Class
Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Gafferli Mah. Ünlü Sok. No:19, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $80 per night from May 30 to May 30
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Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Aydinli Mahallesi Akgül Sk. No:10, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $105 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Osmanli Cappadocia Hotel
Osmanli Cappadocia Hotel
Avcilar Mah. Musluk Sok. No. 20, Goreme, Nevsehir
The price is $47 per night from May 20 to May 20
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Carus Cappadocia
Carus Cappadocia
Gaferli Mahallesi Manav çikmazi sok., No.2 Goreme, Nevsehir, Cappadocia
The price is $205 per night from May 28 to May 28
Carus Cappadocia
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak,No 1, Nevsehir, Göreme
The price is $104 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Artemis Cave Suites
Artemis Cave Suites
Gaferli Mah., Aydinkiragi Sok, No. 22, Göreme, Nevsehir
The price is $96 per night from May 14 to May 14
Artemis Cave Suites
Ufuk Hotel Pension
Ufuk Hotel Pension
3 out of 5
Goreme Open Air Museum Way No: 26, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is $19 per night from May 13 to May 13
Ufuk Hotel Pension
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