Attractions

Top Choice Area in Göreme

Güllüdere (Rose) Valley

The trails that loop around Güllüdere Vadısı (Rose Valley) are easily accessible to all levels of walkers and provide some of the finest fairy chimney–strewn vistas in Cappadocia. As well as this, though, they hide …
Top Choice Historic Site in Göreme

Göreme Open-Air Museum

One of Turkey's Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Göreme Open-Air Museum is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary and deserves a two-hour visit. First an important Byzantine monastic settlement that housed s…
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Tokalı Kilise

When you exit the Open-Air Museum, don't forget to cross the road to visit the Tokalı Kilise (Buckle Church) 50m down the hill towards Göreme and covered by the same ticket.This is one of Göreme's biggest and finest…
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Karanlık Kilise

The stunning fresco-filled Karanlık Kilise, is the most famous of the Open-Air Museum's churches. It takes its name from the fact that it originally had very few windows. Luckily this lack of light preserved the viv…
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Yılanlı Kilise

Uphill from the Azize Barbara Şapeli is the Yılanlı Kilise (Snake Church, or Church of St Onuphrius), where St George's ubiquitous dragon-foe is still having a bad day. To add insult to its fatal injuries, the churc…
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Elmalı Kilise

Above the Aziz Basil Şapeli, bow down to enter the 12th-century Apple Church (Elmalı Kilise), overlooking a valley of poplars. Relatively well preserved, it contains both simple, red-ochre daubs and professionally p…
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Aziz Basil Şapeli

From the Göreme Open-Air Museum ticket booth, follow the cobbled path until you reach this chapel dedicated to Kayseri-born St Basil; one of Cappadocia's most important saints. In the main room, St Basil is pictured…
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Azize Barbara Şapeli

Byzantine soldiers carved the 11th-century Azize Barbara Şapeli (Chapel of St Barbara), dedicated to their patron saint who is depicted on the left as you enter. They also painted the mysterious red ochre scenes on …
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Sunset View Hill

You get one of the best panoramas across Göreme by walking up the steep hill through to alleyways to this wooden platform suspended on the edge of the cliff high above the village. From here you can follow a rough t…
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Kolonlu Kilise

Follow the signs from the Güllüdere Valley trail head to the Kolonlu Kilise, chiselled out of a nondescript rock facade. Take the trail through the orchard and then cross the tiny bridge over the gully to enter th…