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

The Kizil Kilise (= red Church) had been built in the 6th century. It is the best preserved early Byzantine church in Cappadocia which had not been carved into the rock. It has its modern name from the red stone it's made of.
Ruin of the Canli church (11th century) in Cappadocia with the volcano Hasan Dag in the background.
This is the Armenian church (Surp Toros) of a central Anatolian village where in old times Armenians, Greeks and Turks lived together. - If you have any information about the church or the village etc., please contact the photographer - thank you!
Agios Basileios, a Greek church from the 19th century in central Turkey. - Falls Sie Informationen über diese Kirche, den Ort etc. haben, kontaktieren Sie bitte den Fotografen - Vielen Dank!
Agios Theodoros: Damaged church from the 19th century. It had been used as storage and cowshed. - If you have any information about the church or the village etc., please contact the photographer - thank you!
Agios Theodoros: Damaged church from the 19th century. It had been used as storage and cowshed. There are still some wallpaintings visible. - If you have any information about the church or the village etc., please contact the photographer - thank...
This is the Armenian church (Surp Toros) of a central Anatolian village where in old times Armenians, Greeks and Turks lived together. - If you have any information about the church or the village etc., please contact the photographer - thank you!
One of many churches from the 19th century. After the Christians had left the country, it was used as a quarry, store room or in a different way. - If you have any information about the church or the village etc., please contact the photographer -...
In the middle of the 19th century, after several hundred years, the Greek and the Armenian people in Turkey got the permission to build new churches. Especially in the central Antolian region of Cappadocia there are still many of them visible. Sin...
There is little known about this ruined church in the middle of nowhere. It was probably built between the 9th and 11th century.
There is little known about this ruined church in the middle of nowhere. It was probably built between the 9th and 11th century.
Dedicated to St.Dimitrios, the church was inaugurated on17th of Nov. 1835. Later the church had been redecorated. Inside are still some frescoes. Today its falling into ruins.
Dedicated to St.Dimitrios, the church was inaugurated on17th of Nov. 1835. Later the church had been redecorated. Today its falling into ruins. Above the windows some frescoes show scenes from the bible.
This ruin of an Armenian? church lies above the village of Hançerli. The roof is collapsed and raised the level of the ground up to the windows. Shepherds closed the windows with stones and use the open space as a sheepcote.
The old Greek Panagia Church from 1886 is now called Yeni Cami (New Mosque) and serves today as a mosque. It is in the former city of Talas, which was populated by many Greek families until 1923.