Dark Cave Church Byzantine Frescoes
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The Karanlik Kilise, or Dark Church, is one of several Christian sanctuaries dug into the tufa rock formed of volcanic ash in the now Goreme Open Air Museum in the Goreme district of the Nevehir Province in Cappadocia, Turkey. Built in the 11th century, this domed cave church is decorated with richly pigmented, Byzantine style frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The name of Dark Church is believed to come from the fact that there was only a small window letting in light, a fact which allowed the pigments of the frescoes to remain vivid.
January 16th, 2012
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