Christians were subjected to a tremendous amount of oppression from Roman troops, as the official religion in Rome was only one. When communities are persecuted for their beliefs, they must relocate so that they can obtain more flexible housing.

Between the second and fourth centuries, a significant Christian community fled to Cappadocia as a result of persecution. These people built little church-like structures in several monasteries. The monastery complex in Goreme Open Air Museum is one such example. There were originally 34 churches, but 9 remain part of the museum today.

The entrance fee for Goreme Open Air Museum is 100 Turkish Lira per person in 2021 and until April 2022. There is also an extra 30 Turkish Lira entrance fee for visiting the Dark Church in Goreme Open Air Museum which is actually the best-preserved church in Cappadocia Region.

To get more information about the museum and churches, please click here.