Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sumbullu (Jacinth) Church, Cappadocia

Sumbullu (Jacinth) Church, in Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia, was designed as a single naved rectangular building. Monastery rooms were carved in the rocks and had two floors. There is a Church on the ground level and a barrel vaulted room above that can be reached by stairs. The façade is shaped roughly; nevertheless, it is divided into five bays by wall piers. Round arched doors and blank niches were built in these apses. A flattened dome was carved to the straight ceiling on the east of the single-naved Church. 

The frescoes within the Church date back to the 10th and 12th centuries AD. The icons on the walls are: Virgin Mary Blacherniotissa between Michael and Gabriel on the apse semi-done, Bishop Saints, the Anunciation, the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Presentation of Christ, Jesus Pantokratos, the Three Holy Children in the Furnace and many more Saints.  

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