Zemi Valley


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 you walk the entire length of Zemi you end up coming out on the Nevşehir–Ürgüp highway near Üçhisar. From here, either walk into Üçhisar and then hike back to Göreme via Pigeon Valley or flag down the dolmuş to Ortahisar or Ürgüp as it goes by.

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1. Saklı Kilise

0.16 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…

2. El Nazar Kilise

0.27 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…

3. Sunset View Hill

0.33 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…

4. Buckle Church

0.45 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…

5. Chapel of St Basil

0.49 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…

6. Chapel of St Barbara


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…

7. Göreme Open-Air Museum


This Unesco World Heritage site is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary. First thought to be a Byzantine monastic settlement that housed some 20…

8. Apple Church

0.51 MILES

The 12th-century Apple Church (Elmalı Kilise) overlooks a valley of poplars below. Relatively well preserved, it contains both simple, red-ochre daubs and…