Just outside the museum exit on the right is the Buckle Church, the largest of the cave churches at Göreme. It has frescoes that are the finest in Göreme, with the richest colors and the most detail. It dates from the 10th and 11th centuries and was restored in the 1960s.
The Buckle Church is comprised of four chambers, which are known as the Old Church, New Church, Paracclesion and Lower Church. Ascension. The Transfiguration is painted over the entrance and the vault has portraits of saints.
I DID NOT GET TO SEE ANY OF THIS AS............ WHEN I BOUGHT MY TICKET........... THEY DID NOT TELL ME THIS CHURCH WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE!
I have only just found out (2months later) that this is included in the admission price of the Goreme open air museum.
Now you know incase they don't tell you either!!
I booked a tour to the Ihlara Valley, thinking that I had one with no shops included.
Well, we all thought the same!
Some how, that little bit of information wasn't given when booking??? So, I ended up at the Onyx factory, not interested at all. I watched the presentation, then the group was led into the Sales room.
What was on display was very nice, and very expensive, and I had no interest in buying what so ever, but I had to repeat that time and time again, and was constantly followed until our tour guide said it was time to leave.
Why oh why do these people think you come on holidays to buy & buy, and that everybody is rich, some of us travel on a budget!
So beware when booking, I don't know if you can find a tour without this, but at least you can ask 1st now, before booking.
You may take part in a process of pottery manufacture. But be careful or you may find yourself in a funny situation (especially if you are a girl or a woman!). While a vase become a vase it reminds something that we aren’t used to see and to talk about among a lot of laughing people. A guide will ask you first to think about what you are going to produce...
And you will be in the centre of this laughing! Haha!
Did you recognize this thing?
One of the most popular extreme sightseeing in Cappadocia is a flight by balloon. Almost all tourists who are lucky to visit Cappadocia with a long stay may use this kind of exploring the area.
But not me! When our guide suggested a balloon tour which had to be started at 4.00 in the morning and finished by 8.00 I was hesitated whether to fly or not… Finally I rejected and was right! When I woke up at 6.00 first I heard was a heavy rain. I looked out a window and saw grey rainy morning with purple clouds.
Several tourists out of our group went to the tour. Poor they were! When they came back at 9.00 (we had to wait then for about an hour) they were sick and tired. They told us that they had only several minutes’ flight in clouds through the rain and even snow.
This pleasure cost about $150!
So decide for yourself and beware the weather when you are up to have a choice!
dear VTs !
i really dont enjoy saying this but , Goreme is one of the places in Turkey that you can easily ripped off. firstly , be careful with buying rugs in cappadocia.Haggling is a custom in Turkey and dont hesitate.As long as you bargain over the prices i assure you will get the best price.
Unique Suggestions: whereever you go in cappadocia , do not jump on every offer you ve asked : including tours,rugs,restaurant....etc : sometimes it can be irritating but you can handle this :soon you arrive to goreme go the tourism information bureu (its right in the bus station). you will find many pension-hotel contacts down there.if you see someone who tries to take you to a hotel or pension dont go with them. you can find sth suits you in Tourism information desk.
an addional tip : cappadocia is a trekking centre : most of the local agent organize unpleasant tours in the area. i recommend YOU to get a map (shows trekking paths) most famous paths wallmarked anyway and you can do it yourself..places like ihlara canyon can be reached buy local buses or you can hire a car ( but hire your car from urgup not goreme.ppl in urgup ve gentle and kind i am sure you will get the best price !
Fun Alternatives: If you have intention to come over Cappadocia follow this steps :
*airport transfers : dont take a taxi : there are companies in urgup that arranges airport shuttles for all domestic flights : price is approx 10 euros pp
*arrange your accomodation through travel agency only ; if you want see more ask for a private tour and bargain for the price.so this will be your tour and you will stay longer in the place you enjoyed more.
*go for horse riding : there are farms in avanos(7 kilometres away from goreme) they also arrange camping&horse riding tour combined in one.
The local tours are a great value considering that they pack a lot of stuff into a day's trip. However, you'll wind up totally exhausted and unable to fully appreciate everything you see.
My tour started at 9 AM and included vista photos, a visit to the underground city of Derinkuyu, a short hike through a portion of the Ilhara Valley, lunch, a visit to a bunch of caves in a spot of a name I can't recall, a visit to a pottery factory in Avanos, a stop at a caravanserai, and finally a visit to Pidgeon Valley. We returned at 6 PM.
Unique Suggestions: Try to pick a tour that spends more time at fewer spots of interest.
Fun Alternatives: Travel independently to these places. You might not have time to visit them all, but you'll get a lot more out of the places you see. It was great to have transportation arranged and the price of admission to the sites along with lunch all included in the $30 cost of the group trip, but for your own enjoyment it's better to arrange it all on your own and take some extra time. You're on vacation, so there's no need to wear yourself out by packing it all into a single day.