Güvercinlik (Pigeon) Valley


Güvercinlik Valley connects Göreme with Uçhisar on a hike of fairy chimneys, pigeon houses and great views.

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1. Sunset View Hill

0.45 MILES

You get one of the best panoramas across Göreme by walking up the steep hill through alleyways to this wooden platform suspended on the edge of the cliff…

2. Zemi Valley

0.76 MILES

The trailhead off Müze Caddesi leads into the narrow gorge of Zemi Valley lined with tall poplar trees and sided by cliffs studded with pigeon houses. If…

3. El Nazar Kilise

0.82 MILES

Carved from a ubiquitous cone-like rock formation, the 10th-century El Nazar Kilise has been well restored with its snug interior a riot of colourful…

4. Saklı Kilise

0.88 MILES

A yellow sign points the way off Müze Caddesi to the Saklı Kilise, only rediscovered in 1956. When you reach the top of the hill, follow the track to the…

5. Buckle Church

1.16 MILES

The Buckle Church is 50m back down the hill towards Göreme and across the road from the main Open-Air Museum complex, but is covered by the same entrance…

6. Chapel of St Basil

1.17 MILES

Dedicated to Kayseri-born St Basil, this is the first church you come to inside the Göreme Open-Air Museum. The main room holds frescoes of St Basil (left…

7. Snake Church

1.17 MILES

The Snake Church (or Church of St Onuphrius) got its modern name when locals mistook St George's ubiquitous dragon-foe, depicted in a fresco here, for a…

8. Chapel of St Barbara

1.17 MILES

It's posited that Byzantine soldiers carved the 11th-century Azize Barbara Şapeli (Chapel of St Barbara), dedicated to their patron saint who is depicted…