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Goreme Open-Air Museum Tours

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Goreme Open-Air Museum
Perhaps one of the most recognizable attractions in Cappadocia, Turkey, the unusual edifices at the Göreme Open-Air Museum (Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi) are an important part of monastic history. A popular Byzantine settlement in the fourth century, the cave churches found at Göreme were carved out of soft volcanic cliffs.

The Basics
Known as the Land of the Three Saints—in reference to theologians St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus—the Göreme area gained attention in the Middle Ages when various religious groups formed monasteries, churches, and chapels out of rock. At the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum, you’ll find a multitude of sacred spaces, many of which have exquisite paintings and frescoes inside. Just outside the museum’s gates, the oldest church, Buckle Church (Tokalı Kilise), is covered from floor to ceiling with religious stories and symbols. The museum’s most famous structure, however, is the Dark Church (Karanlık Kilise), whose frescoes have remained vividly preserved because the church lacks light.

To benefit from the insight of a guide—and to optimize your time—consider joining a tour of the museum.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow at least two hours to explore the Göreme Open-Air Museum.
  • A good amount of walking is required to see the entire site, and there are some inclines and stairs.

How to Get There
The Göreme Open-Air Museum is roughly a 15-minute walk from the town of Göreme, or a short drive from Ürgüp.

When to Get There
For the most pleasant weather, visit Cappadocia in April, May, September, or October. If you’re there in summer (peak season), get to the Göreme Open-Air Museum early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the midday heat and crowds. Hours vary depending on the season.

Pigeon Valley
A short car ride south from Göreme lies Pigeon Valley, a wind-sculpted series of valleys and rock formations that make a dramatic backdrop for photo ops. The geological site is known for the pigeon houses that were carved out of some of the tall fairy chimneys (hoodoos). 
Address: Cappadocia, Turkey
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2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane With Optional Balloon Ride

2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane With Optional Balloon Ride

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Discovering Cappadocia’s eroded landscape is a top experience in Turkey, but reaching the remote region can be a challenge if time is limited. Combining round-trip flights, ground transport, and activities, this small-group tour is an easy way to maximize your sightseeing time. Included boutique accommodations are in a cave hotel, for a uniquely Cappadocian experience that ensures a memorable stay.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$493.62
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Small Group: Cappadocia Red Full-Day Tour

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Small Group: Cappadocia Red Full-Day Tour

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Experience the magic of Turkey’s famed Cappadocia region on this full-day small-group city sightseeing tour. After picking you up at your hotel, your friendly local guide will take you to the spectacular sites of the Blue Tour including the Fairy Chimneys, Avanos, the Zelve and Goreme open air museums, Pasabaglari, Uchisar Rock-Castle, Esentepe and the Devrent Imagination Valley. Savor a traditional Turkish lunch while dining with your small group.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.30
US$59.23
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Lunch, from Goreme

Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Lunch, from Goreme

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Discover the best of Cappadocia on a full-day tour that takes in highlights including the Devrent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, and Goreme Open Air Museum — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See otherworldly fairy chimneys and the rock-cut churches of Goreme as you delve into the treasures of one of Turkey's more famous regions. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.13
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum and Fairy Chimneys

Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum and Fairy Chimneys

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View fantastical fairy chimney rock formations and other Cappadocia highlights during a full-day tour with an informative guide. Visit Devrent and Pigeon valleys, go inside the cave churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum, and snap photos of the fairy chimneys in Goreme. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.23
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2 Days Cappadocia Experience - Red Tour, Green Tour, Airport Transfers

2 Days Cappadocia Experience - Red Tour, Green Tour, Airport Transfers

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If you would like discover the Cappadocia's valleys, underground cities and fairy chimneys with local guides, this deal package is one of the best options for you. The package is covering Cappadocia Red tour - Cappadoca Green tour - arrival & departure transfers from Kayseri or Nevsehir airports.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$116.00
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Cappadocia Tour with optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Cappadocia Tour with optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

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With its beehive homes and chimney-shaped rocks, the fairytale region of Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most picturesque settings. During this one-of-a-kind hot air balloon ride and day tour combo trip, you’ll enjoy stunning panoramas, getting a rare, bird’s eye view of the UNESCO-listed terrain. Top off your sunset launch with a full-day sightseeing tour of the region.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.93
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All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia

All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia

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On this full-day guided tour, see all the highlights of Cappadocia in just one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open-Air Museum, cave churches, Uchisar Castle, and Kaymakli Underground City, and stop for lunch and wine tasting. A customizable itinerary and hotel pickup make for a convenient, flexible experience.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$117.23
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Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

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Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

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It’s impossible to see all of Cappadocia’s attractions in just one day, but this private full-day tour comes close, with a jam-packed itinerary perfect for the time-conscious traveler. You’ll see Cappadocia’s most distinctive fairy chimneys in Love Valley, then discover the region’s unique history with tours of the Kaymakli Underground city and the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum. Also on the agenda are Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) and Devrent (Imagination) valley, before ending the day sipping wine and watching the sunset over the Red & Rose Valleys.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon with Small Group City Tour

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon with Small Group City Tour

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Soar over the arresting landmarks and spectacular scenery of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon during an exhilarating full-day excursion that includes a city tour. After experiencing an enchanting hot-air balloon ride, toast your flight with sparkling champagne before embarking on an enriching tour of the region; Alongside an accomplished guide, discover the beauty of the Devrent Valley and gain insight into Turkish culture at the Goreme Open Air Museum.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$227.06
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US$227.06
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Full-Day Sacred and Surreal Cappadocia Tour from Goreme

Full-Day Sacred and Surreal Cappadocia Tour from Goreme

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With just one day to explore Cappadocia, this full-day small-group tour checks off all the highlights. Marvel at natural and man-made wonders such as Uchisar Castle and the fairy chimneys of Monks Valley, Imagination Valley, and Urgup; discover the ancient treasures of the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and visit the pottery town of Avanos. A traditional Turkish lunch and wine tasting at a cave winery is also included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.37
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Private Tour: Cappadocia Express

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Private Tour: Cappadocia Express

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Short on time? Take the hassle out of sightseeing with a private customisable full-day tour of Cappadocia, including hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch and entrance fees. Prepare to be awed by Cappadocia’s otherworldly scenery as you visit Uçhisar Castle, Devrent valley and Paşabağ, then uncover the region’s fascinating history with a tour of the Kaymakli Underground City and the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open Air Museum. Finally, discover the pottery-making town of Avanos and stop off in Ürgüp to sample some Cappadocian wine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting

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Explore Cappadocia for a full day with your own private guide. Visit top attractions including the underground city at Kaymakli, Uchisar Castle, and Goreme Open-Air Museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak in sight of the fantastical rock formations of Pigeon Valley, the fairy chimneys in Gorem, and stop for lunch, a wine tasting, and a visit to a pottery workshop.
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  • 8 hours
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US$185.11
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Private Day Tour of Cappadocia with Guide

Private Day Tour of Cappadocia with Guide

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Gain a deeper understanding of Cappadocia’s unique history on this full-day tour, including lunch, and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you explore the UNESCO-listed Goreme open-air museum. Learn about the region’s early Christian settlers as you tour the rock-hewn churches and the impressive underground city of Kaymakli, then marvel over the fairy chimneys and rock formations as you drive through Ortahisar.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$97.00
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Highlights Of Cappadocia Tour

Highlights Of Cappadocia Tour

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A full day tour of Cappadocia which covers Devrent Imagination Valley, Pasabag (Monk's Valley), Avanos Town, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock Castle, Kaymakli Underground City and many more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$37.02
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Cappadocia 3 days Package(included accommodation,hot air balloon,tours,transfer)

Cappadocia 3 days Package(included accommodation,hot air balloon,tours,transfer)

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Discover the best of Cappadocia during this 3-day private tour of the region. See the area’s key landmarks such as the Goreme open-air museum, the Ihlara and Pigeons valleys, the Kaymakli underground village, small, traditional towns, and much more. Learn about the area’s right history and culture from your guide as you drive around and admire the beautiful semi-arid landscapes.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$327.02
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US$327.02
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Customize Cappadocia Private Tour

Customize Cappadocia Private Tour

Benefit from a customized full-day tour of Cappadocia designed especially for your private group with a selection of activities available around the region. You can visit historical sites, an underground city, ancient churches, and valleys dotted with fairy chimneys depending on your interests. Simply plan your itinerary in consultation with your private guide to enjoy the many treasures of Cappadocia with ease.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

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Cover more distance in less time on this comprehensive 8-hour tour of north Cappadocia from Goreme. Over the course of only one day, you’ll visit seven Cappadocia highlights, including the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, and learn about the region’s rich culture. Marvel at the lunar landscapes of Devrent Valley, absorb panoramic vistas from Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia’s highest point, and explore the 5th-century settlement of Çavusin. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Goreme hotel is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.96
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Explore to Cappadocia : 2 Full-day Cappadocia Tours Including Airport Transfers

Explore to Cappadocia : 2 Full-day Cappadocia Tours Including Airport Transfers

If you would like discover the Cappadocia within 2 days, This deal package is one of the best options for individual tourists. The package is covering the visits to Cappadocia's valleys, underground cities and fairy chimneys, arrival & departure transfers from Kayseri or Nevsehir airports.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.47
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Cappadocia Highlights Private Guided Tour

Cappadocia Highlights Private Guided Tour

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Make the most of your time in Cappadocia with a full-day private tour of the region's highlights. Your guide takes you to a lookout for views of Cappadocia's surreal landscape, before heading to top attractions including Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, and Goreme Open-Air Museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go inside ancient rock-cut churches that are decorated with frescoes, watch a traditional pottery making demonstration in Avanos, and learn about Cappadocia's history and culture from your private guide. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Goreme.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$246.81
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Full Day Private Cappadocia Tour

Full Day Private Cappadocia Tour

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Cappadocia is one of the most distinctive places in Turkey. Make the most of a trip here on a full-day guided tour, where you’ll learn all about the geology and history of the place. As it’s a private tour, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide and plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos, or ask questions. This is a fun and easy way to tour the large area.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.00
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US$70.00
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Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

Enjoy an action-packed itinerary featuring some of Cappadocia’s most visited sights on this small-group full-day tour, including lunch and entrance fees. Learn the secrets of Cappadocia’s distinctive fairy chimneys on a walk through the Devrent Valley and see the hermit monk dwellings in Pasabag valley. Uncover centuries of history at the Zelve and Goreme open-air museums, home to some of the region’s most significant rock-cut churches and monasteries, then pay a visit to the pottery town of Avanos and Uchisar Castle, the highest viewpoint in Cappadocia.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.00
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US$55.00

Daily Cappadocia Small Group Tour

Daily Cappadocia Small Group Tour

Take in some of Cappadocia’s best bits on this small-group full-day tour – ideal for first-time visitors. Dive right into Cappadocia’s UNESCO-listed landscapes with a visit to Devrent Valley and Pasabag, two of the most photogenic fairy chimney valleys, then visit the pottery town of Avanos and the Goreme Open-Air Museum. Finish with a delicious 3-course lunch of typical Turkish cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.00
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Private Tour of Cappadocia Highlights with Hot air Balloon Tour

Private Tour of Cappadocia Highlights with Hot air Balloon Tour

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Spend a day exploring Cappadocia's landscape, history, and culture on a full-day private tour that’s customized to your preferences. See otherworldly valleys of ‘fairy chimneys’ and rock formations, underground cities, churches excavated from solid rock, and traditional towns with fascinating histories. This tour includes all entrance fees, pickup and drop-off from Cappadocia hotels, and a Turkish lunch.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$199.00
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Private Cappadocia One Day Tour

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Private Cappadocia One Day Tour

Immerse yourself in Cappadocia’s stunning natural scenery and compelling history on this private full-day tour, including lunch and entrance fees. Keep your camera to hand as you stroll among the fairy chimneys of Pasabag Valley and take in the views from Uchisar Castle, then learn about the region’s Hittite and early Christian settlements as you tour the Goreme Open Air Museum and visit the underground city of Kaymakli.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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