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.

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.
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yılanlı Kilise (=Snake Church) in the Soğanlı valley. The Byzantine frescoes of the cave church are from the 11th and 13th century.
The Soğanlı Han is a big cave monastery in the Soğanlı valley. It is dated to the 11th century.