Church and Frescoes Revealed Underneath Turkey

Church and Frescoes Revealed Underneath Turkey

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NEVŞEHİR, Anadolu Agency-  Recently, the Hurriyet Daily News reported that archeologists in Turkey have exposed another historical church that has been unearthed in the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia.

The excavation was part of the Nevşehir Castle Urban Transformation Project, implemented by the Nevşehir Municipality and Turkey’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI).

The article states that the rock-carved underground church is “located within a castle in the center of Nevşehir that spreads over an area of 360,000 square meters, within a third-degree archeological site that includes 11 neighborhoods in the city center.”

What is even more amazing is that there are unique frescoes!  Icons of scenes and stories not commonly seen.

“We know that such frescoes have so far never been seen in any other church,” Nevşehir Mayor Hasan Ünver said, adding that preliminary studies show the church might date back to the 5th century A.D.

“This place is even bigger than the other historical churches in Cappadocia. It was built underground and has original frescoes that have survived to this day,” he said.

When the church is completely revealed, Cappadocia could become an even bigger pilgrimage center of Orthodoxy,” Ünver added.

Excavation work has since been halted.

Archaeologist Ali Aydın said  “We have stopped work in order to protect the wall paintings and the church. When the weather gets warmer in the spring, we will wait for humidity to evaporate and then we will start removing the earth,” he said.

“Only a few of the paintings have been revealed. Others will emerge when the earth is removed. There are important paintings in the front part of the church showing the crucifixion of Jesus and his ascension to heaven. There are also frescoes showing the apostles, the saints, and other prophets Moses and Elyesa,” he said, adding that they had also found the real entrance of the church used in the past but had yet to expose it.

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Photo Credit: Anadolu Agency

 

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Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.