Goreme is huge and has lot of beautiful wired rocks. But if you ask me for the best place to visit in Goreme. My answer would be ” Goreme open air museum”
This place is just about 15 minutes walk from Goreme city center. There are many interesting stuffs to see there , especially churches from the 11th century. The authority knew that it is the best area. That was the reason they got in control and now open to collect the fee from tourists.
Let’s go to see what would you get!
From the city center , there is only one road lead to the museum. The sign is too obvious. You would never get lost by the direction. But you might be lost from your curiosity that there are many interesting things to stop and have a look or taking photograph.
This guy go up on the hill for a photographing things. I could tell you that it took time. If you walk straight to the museum it would be about 15 minutes. But you might end up with one or two hours. Who’s know? The freedom to explore is yours.
Trust me! There are many things to see on the road to the museum.
This family stopped for a pictures.
The first interesting spot on the road you would see is Tokali church. Still it is not in the Goreme open air’s area. If you want to visit this church , you should buy the museum ticket. Then it is included. You don’t have to pay more! Just visit this place on the way back to the city center.
All churches in this area were prohibited from taking a photograph. But you know I try my best for you. The hint is no flash!
Alright let’s cut to the museum or we won’t get anywhere at all. So after visiting all interesting staffs around this area. Here it is…..
You could see that there are a lot more than just churches in this area. Believe me it is worth for a 15 Lira ticket to get in. In summer, it is better to visit the museum early in the morning or late afternoon, instead of mid-day. Actually there are more options that you could add more from the ticket booth here as picture followed ;
Let’s get in and see what does it have!
The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey.
The area covered by this Open Air Museum forms a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity. There are eleven refectories within the Museum, with rock-cut churches tables and benches. Each is associated with a church. Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.
There are still lot and lot of things to see in this area. So I would pick only some to show you and the rest would be your own adventure!
The first thing you would see is Kizlar Monastery , which were an area for priests to lived and worked.
There are many churches and chapels in Goreme Open Air Museum. Here are some that I could sneaked in for a snapshot :
Chapel of St.Catherine
This one was my favorite rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness.
I had not visited this part as it cost 8 Lira more and I felt I had seen quite enough of churches. But some people said it is a must visit part here. So it is up to you!
This is one of my favorite picture took from dark church down to the entrance.
Happy traveling! I wish all of you would have a nice day in Goreme! ^__^