Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Daniel Pantanassa Church, Cappadocia

Many Orthodox Churches in Cappadocia are named by the Turks, who had to find names, since the original dedications to each Church were not known. This has created many misunderstood names and many unique ones. One way of naming them was to find an icon (or icons) of a Saint, or an event from a Saint’s life. If this was not possible, they woThe Church is a uld make up a name. This is the case in this Church, whereby we have to very different dedications, i.e. St Daniel and Pantanassa, the latter being one of the epithets given to the Mother of God. In fact the official name given by the Turks is Pantonassa, understanding the title given to the Theotokos wrongly.

The Church of Daniel Pantanassa is located in Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia. The Church is cruciform in plan. The central part is covered by dome with high drum and cross arms are covered by tunnel vaults. Some pre-iconoclastic frescoes exist, where the cross is dominant. Additionally, there are more frescoes dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries, depicting a number of occasions from Jesus’ life, whilst also depicting St Daniel among the lions in the pediment. 

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