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  The Goreme Open Air Museum
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The Goreme Open Air Museum is probably first on must peoples list as attractions to visit while in Cappadocia. The museum is a collection of ten churches and monastic residences that were carved out of the rocks here between the 10th and 13th centuries. These churches have been very well restored over the past three decades and are full of fascinating frescos from medieval times. The most interesting churches are the Church of St. Basil and the Dark Church. Unfortunately the custodians of the museum charge an extra price of admission in order to visit these churches. An afternoon at the museum can be quite expensive if you see all the churches that do charge extra admission prices. It is $10.00 just to enter the grounds themselves and each significant church charges another $7.00 for admission. Hence a visit to the whole place can be pricy and perhaps in some eyes, a rip off.
The museum is extremely popular all the same. It is best to go first thing in morning to avoid the crowds as some of the churches are so small that it is at times very difficult to enter them. Also it might be a good idea to wear proper walking shoes as there is alot of climbing over rock to be done during your tour.

Directions: The musuem is two kilometers southwest of Goreme itself. If found the walk to be very pleasant.
Phone: 0384-271-2167

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 21, 2003
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