Cappadocian Cave Churches

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Cappadocia in central Turkey has a long christian tradition. As it is easy to dig caves into the soft tuff rocks, the Cappadocian valleys became a home for eremites, monks and christian refugees. Many caves have been decorated with colourfull frescoes.

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey
Byzantine cave church in a single conical tuff rock. The view into the church shows severe damages and colourful frescoes.
Published 24/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey
Entrance to the small Byzantine underground cave church with ornamental wall paintings under a tuff rock cone with a bigger cave church.
Published 24/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey
Byzantine cave church in a single conical tuff rock. The view into the church shows severe damages. In the underground, directly under this one, is a second cave church with ornamental wall paintings.
Published 24/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey
Small Byzantine underground cave church with ornamental wall paintings under a tuff rock cone with a bigger cave church.
Published 24/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey

Kepez tuff rock churches, Cappadocia, Turkey
Nebenraum einer byzantinischen Höhlenkirche innerhalb eines Tuffsteinfelsens. Side room of a Byzantine cave church inside a tuff rock.
Published 24/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey
Conical tuff rocks outside of Selime with caves, chapels and nicely decorated facades. Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains many caves for all the different needs of a medieval life in a...
Published 18/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey
Conical tuff rocks outside of Selime with caves, chapels and nicely decorated facades. Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains many caves for all the different needs of a medieval life in a...
Published 18/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey
Conical tuff rocks outside of Selime with caves, chapels and nicely decorated facades. Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains many caves for all the different needs of a medieval life in a...
Published 18/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

Selime Cave Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey
Selime is one of the biggest monasteries in Cappadocia, inside the well visible table mountain. Cut into the soft tuff rocks, it contains many caves for all the different needs of a medieval life in a monastery. In the foreground a courtyard with ...
Published 18/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
Yaprakhisar - the historic name is Ibrasa - is close to the famous Ihlara valley with its colourful cave churches. Here is a partly collapsed tuff rock with several churches, many caves and up to 20m high decorated facades.
Published 21/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
Yaprakhisar - the historic name is Ibrasa - is close to the famous Ihlara valley with its colourful cave churches. Here is a partly collapsed tuff rock with several churches, many caves and up to 20m high decorated facades.
Published 21/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

Yaprakhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
Yaprakhisar - the historic name is Ibrasa - is close to the famous Ihlara valley with its colourful cave churches. Here is a partly collapsed tuff rock with several churches, many caves and up to 20m high decorated facades.
Published 21/03/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

In front of the Yilanli Kilise, Soganli, Cappadocia, Turkey

In front of the Yilanli Kilise, Soganli, Cappadocia, Turkey
This is in front of the Yılanlı Kilise (=Snake Church), which is inside the tuff rock cone, in the Soğanlı valley. The church is decorated with Byzantine frescoes from the 11th and 13th century.
Published 28/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Yilanli Kilise, Soganli, Cappadocia, Turkey

Yilanli Kilise, Soganli, Cappadocia, Turkey
Yılanlı Kilise (=Snake Church) in the Soğanlı valley. The Byzantine frescoes of the cave church are from the 11th and 13th century.
Published 28/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com

Soganli Han, Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey

Soganli Han, Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey
The Soğanlı Han is a big cave monastery in the Soğanlı valley. It is dated to the 11th century.
Published 28/02/2014 by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com