Sunday, August 23, 2015

Church with the Cross, Cappadocia

The Church with the Cross, known in Turkish Hacli Kilise, is located in the Red Valley in Cappadocia and it is usually confused with the Church with the Three Crosses in the Rose Valley. The Church, located on top of a hill, can be reached by a narrow path. The hill, where the Hacli Church is located, also has a fabulous view of the valley. The Church has a single nave and apse in synthronon style. There is a perfect acoustic in this Church.

In the sanctuary one observes the prevalent icon of Jesus Christ Pantokratora. This is evident in most Orthodox Churches in Cappadocia. This iconographic tradition is not followed today, whereby the place is now taken by the Theotokos Platytera, the Mother of God. 

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