Goreme Open Air Museum

Tourist information and guide to Goreme Open Air Museum in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Goreme Open Air Museum is a rocky settlement area that has hosted an extreme monastery life between 4th to 13th centuries D.C.. Being UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, the Goreme Open Air Museum is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia that travellers may experience and enjoy some well preserved, rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century and the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. The region forms a valley including churches, chapels, dining halls and sitting rooms at the rock-cut blocks.

Goreme Open Air Museum hosts the most important Byzantine cave churches in the world that where the monks and nuns pursued monastic life. Travellers may see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk era, together with icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of church fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe.

During the old times, as the locals had to worship and pray secretly, they had built their temples and sanctuaries to the valleys, riverbeds and rock-cut places that are hard to be found.

The Elmali Church, Dark Church, Tokali Church, Yilanli Church, Saint Basil Chapel, Santa Barbara Chapel and Santa Catherine Chapel are the popular churches and chapels that worth a visit and see at the Goreme Open Air Museum.

Goreme Open Air Museum Visitor Information
Address: Museum road, Goreme, Nevsehir, Turkey
Tel: +90 (384) 213 42 60
Entrance Fee: 45 TL
Opening Hours: The museum is open between 08:00 to 17:00

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