The Dark Church at Goreme Open Air Museum

Normal ticket value: €4

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Free with Cappadocia E-pass

Cappadocia E-pass includes skip the ticket line entrance to The Dark Church. Scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.

The Dark Church is located inside the Goreme Open Air Museum. Goreme Open Air Museum is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Dark Church comes to the fore with its historical frescoes. The frescoes managed to preserve their colors by resisting time. Because it receives very little light from a small window.

The church, which is dated to the end of the 11th century, has rich decorations including the Bible and Jesus. The frescoes in the Dark Church take visitors to the past. There are many historical churches in the region, but the church with the best-preserved frescoes is the Dark Church. Many scenes from the birth of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion are depicted here. There are different scenes originating from the Torah are also depicted.

This church differs from other churches in the region in terms of its paintings. While the figures of Jesus Christ are always depicted in the middle ages, the young figure is depicted only in this church in the region.

The Final Word
Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit this very special church structure in Cappadocia every year. It is also flooded with visitors, especially in terms of faith tourism. If you are wondering about the history of Christianity in the region, discover this area with Cappadocia E-pass now.

The Dark Church Hours of Operation

The Dark Church is open to visitors every day between 08:00-17:00.
The last entrance is at 16:00

The Dark Church Location

Located in Goreme Open Air Museum
Gaferli Mah. Muze Cad.
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
Goreme/NEVSEHİR

Important Notes

  • The Dark Church is located in the Goreme Open Air Museum.
  • Simply scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.
  • The Dark Church visit takes around 15-20 minutes.
  • Photo ID will be asked from child Istanbul E-pass holders.
  • The Dark Church is located inside the Goreme Open Air Museum. You will need to scan your QR code again to enter the church.

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