Cappadocian Stone Churches

Anatolia belongs to the earliest Christian areas. Under the Ottoman sultans it was nearly impossible to build new churches. This changed around 1830 and ended with WW I and the Greek-Turkish peoples exchange in 1923. Since then most of the churches and hu

Outside of Güzelyurt (= nice homeland) there is the Yueksek Kilise on the top of a rock. From here you have a great view into the area around. In the background one can see the Mount Hasan (3260m), which is one of the volcanoes responsible for the...
Belltower of the Hagios Georgios Church (1870). The wall left of the belltower are the remains of the church. The yellow building behind the church is the former Turkish primary school.
The Hidrellez (Hagios Georgios) monastery is probably one of the oldest monsteries in Cappadocia with frescoes from the 6th century.The Greek name of the village was Potamia (today Başköy), homeland of St.Georg, to whom the church was dedicated. O...
View from the belltower of the Hagios Georgios Church (1870). The completely ruined church can be seen down in the west (sun).
Agios Eustatios church in Başköy (=Mavrucan): The church is connected to a cave. The dome and the walls show a few frescoes. According to a sign in the village it is dated to the 7th century.
Agios Eustatios church in Güzelöz (=Mavrucan): The church is connected to a cave. The dome and the walls show a few frescoes. According to a sign in the village it is dated to the 7th century.
This Armenian church from 1905 in Develi (=Everek) had been changed into a mosque (Fatih Cami). In the former Armenian quarter are still some nice old houses.
The old name of the village Güzelöz was Mavrucan. This church had been built in front of a cave in the tuff rock and has a few remains of frescoes.
Agios Eustatios church in Güzelöz (=Mavrucan): The church is connected to a cave. The dome and the walls show a few frescoes. According to a sign in the village it is dated to the 7th century.
The church of Cemil had been built just before the 2nd World War. In the time of people exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923, the Greek inhabitants of the village have been deported to Greece and Turks from Greece had to come here. - If you ...