Goreme Open Air Museum Guide

Goreme Open Air Museum Guide

This valley, which was included in the Unesco World Heritage List in 1985, where almost every rock block is carved into places of worship, life and teaching, where holiness meets art in every field.

There are dozens of monastic churches and chapels to visit in the Göreme Open Air Museum, where will make people feel incomplete if they would leave Cappadocia without seeing it, is the inspiration of St. Basil and is thousands of monks have carved their thoughts on rocks. The painting techniques of the churches differ according to the period they were built. In the Early Christian period, when life began in the valley, geometric patterned paintings were replaced by pictures with religious content in later dates. The frescoes, which mostly tell the stories of the Prophet Jesus and the Bible, still have the scent of those times, the colors are still chirpy, and they are waiting for their visitors, saying "we also lived back than".

Where is the Goreme Open-Air Museum & Entrance Fee

Although the answer "Following the inspiration of St. Basil!" To the question of ‘’Where is Goreme Open-Air Museum & How to get there? ’’, Goreme is 13 kilometers from Nevşehir, 2 kilometers from Goreme, and 3 kilometers from Ortahisar and Cavusin. If you are going to Goreme Open-Air Museum via Urgup, the distance is 6 kilometers and you can reach it by turning right from the lights after passing the Ortahisar junction.

Just opposite Goreme Open-Air Museum is Kiliclar Valley and also has a large car park for visitors arriving by car.

The entrance fee for Goreme Open-Air Museum 2020 is 54 Turkish Lyra, but if you have a museum Pass, you can visit it twice a year, and if you have a Plus Museum Pass (Museum Pass +), you can visit it unlimitedly. You can also use your Isbank credit card instead of Museum Pass.

Visiting Seasons:

April-October (Summertime - every day)

08:00 - 19:00

November-March (Wintertime - every day)

08:00 - 17:00

Churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open-Air Museum, which has united different races and different languages under one roof for centuries, has a different importance in terms of religious art history. Churches of different sizes lined up around the dining halls form a very large monastery complex. There are 11 dining halls in the Goreme Open-Air Museum, and apart from the churches that can be visited, there are 18 other churches whose entrance is blocked with iron bars because of the danger of collapse at any moment.

Girls and Boys Monastery, St. Basil's Chapel, Elmali Church (the Apple Church) , Saint Barbara Chapel, St. Catherine's Chapel, Yilanli Church (the Snake Church), Karanlik Church (the Dark Church), Carikli Church (the Sandals Church) and Tokali Church (or the Church of the Buckle) can be visited in Goreme Open-Air Museum. These churches are divided into 2 categories as "Columned Churches" and "Serpentine Churches" according to their architecture and era. Columned churches include the Karanlik Church, the Elmali Church and the Carıklı Church, with their holistic murals. The Sister Monastery, The Snake Church, The Saint Barbara and The Saint Katherina chapels are examples of Serpentine Churches which are independent from each other, which do not follow any logic, and which don’t tell stories.