Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Serpent Church, Cappadocia

The Serpent Church in Cappadocia, also known as Yilanli Church, is one of the cave churches found in this region of Turkey, located specifically in Ihlara Valley. It takes its name from the icon of the Second Coming (Last Judgement), whereby a large snake is evident on its lower part. This church building was designed in the cross-in-square plan. The frescoes date back between the 9th and 12th centuries. As is the case in most Orthodox Churches in Turkey (Asia Minor) the eyes have been cut off. This was done by the Ottoman Turks when they arrived in this region, due to the fact that they believed that the saints were following their every move. Nevertheless, most of the icons in this Church still exist to this day in fairly good condition.  

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