Göreme Valley Archaeological Site

Goreme Valley also known as Korama (Κόραμα) is a picturesque area famous for its underground dwellings situated 15 km (9 mi) East of Nevsehir in Nevşehir Province of Turkey.


Location: 15 km (9 mi) East of Nevsehir   Map

Tel. (0384) 271 21 67

Open: 8am- 6pm daily

Winter: 8am- 5pm daily

Best time to visit: May- June, Sept- Oct 

Entrance Fee: TL 25, parking cost TL 5


Description of Goreme Valley Archaeological Site

Goreme Valley site in Cappadocia is protected by Göreme National Park (Göreme Milli Parklar), which was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its chimney- like geological structures were used by locals to cut underground rooms and passageways for various purposes. Although first subterranean settlement appeared in Goreme Valley around ancient Roman times Goreme is particularly famous after early medieval Christian Byzantine churches found here. Largest and most famous temples include that of Bezirhane, Durmus Kadir, El Nazar Kilise (constructed in the 10th century), Elmali Kilise, Ortahane, Sakli Kilise (constructed in 11th century) Tokali Kilise (the Apple Church), Karanlik Kilise (Dark Church that was constructed in the late 12th and early 13th century) and Yusuf Koc churches. They are covered by beautiful colorful frescoes that miraculously survived centuries of natural erosion and vandalism. Quran prohibits representation of humans and animals by artists so some of them were damaged by the local shepherd kids.

The best time to visit Goreme Valley site is in late spring or early fall. Summer months can be very vicious and at times fairly dangerous. The caves Goreme Valley of are fairly cool throughout a year, but hiking paths to various sites can be exhausting in a strong summer heat. So take plenty of water, wear sun tan and cover your head to avoid heat stroke. Another usual, but worthy way to view the whole Goreme Valley along with neighboring geologic formations is by taking a balloon ride across the area.