Posted by Vi Warkentin on
Göreme Open Air Museum, Goreme, Cappadocia - located 15 km (9 miles) east of Nevsehir. About 2,000 ago there was a volcanic eruption from Mount Erciyes and the ash and lava from that eruption created the soft rock that is found in this region. This rock is easily carved and the people of the Göreme region (dating largely from the 9th century onwards) carved out houses, churches and monasteries in this area.
The Göreme Open Air Museum now offers a look into the numerous churches carved into the rock, some filled with amazing Byzantine frescoes depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. UNESCO declared the Göreme Valley a World Heritage Site.
Cave dwellings in the region of those that lived here so many years ago.
The day we happened to visit, many of the churches and cave dwellings were closed to the public and in those that we were able to go inside, we weren’t allowed to take photos. And so I obeyed. The presence of a park guard at some of the entrances also put a damper on my enthusiasim to take any photos inside!
So I took photos of some postcards I purchased to show some of the beautifully painted frescoes in some of the churches here.
Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) - built in the 11th century - this is a frescoe of Christ Pantocrator on the ceiling.