Cappadocian Cave Churches

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.

The Durmuş Kadır Kilise in Göreme is a small cave basilica with three naves; probably 10th/11th century.
The Durmuş Kadır Kilise in Göreme is a small cave basilica with three naves; probably 10th/11th century.
The Yusuf Koç cave church in Göreme was part of a monastery within several tuff rocks. The frescoes are dated to the 13th century. Since 1985 UNESCO World Heritage.
The Yusuf Koç cave church in Göreme was part of a monastery within several tuff rocks. The frescoes are dated to the 13th century. Since 1985 UNESCO World Heritage.
Cave church in the valley of Erdemli. The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave church and several spaces on t...
Inside the horse stable of the Saray Manastırı in Erdemli. The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave church an...
Upper floor of the cave church of the Saray Manastırı in Erdemli. The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave ch...
The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave church and several spaces on three floors.
Inside the cave church of the Saray Manastırı in Erdemli. The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave church and...
Cave church in the valley of Erdemli. The valley of Erdemli contains a Byzantine settlement from the 9th to 13th century. The main complex is the Saray Manastırı (palace monastery) with a decorated facade, a big cave church and several spaces on t...
Byzantine cave church in a single conical tuff rock. The view into the church shows severe damages and colourful frescoes.
Entrance to the small Byzantine underground cave church with ornamental wall paintings under a tuff rock cone with a bigger cave church.
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.
Small Byzantine underground cave church with ornamental wall paintings under a tuff rock cone with a bigger cave church.
Nebenraum einer byzantinischen Höhlenkirche innerhalb eines Tuffsteinfelsens. Side room of a Byzantine cave church inside a tuff rock.