IHLARA VALLEY

BELISIRMA

Ihlara Valley is located in Guzelyurt district of Aksaray province. Ihlara Valley is 14 kilometres length and depth reaching from place to place to 120 meters and countless habitats has the characteristic of being the biggest canyon in the world where people had lived in the history. With hundreds of churches, shelters made from the natural rock formations in the valley and the formation fairy chimneys, Ihlara Valley has become one of the most remarkable cultural and civilization centers of the world. The valley houses some churches suc as;

Agacalti Church (Daniel Pantanassa): the murals and the frescoes are dating back to between 9th and 11th centuries. The frescoes are showing the Annunciation, Nativity, Adoration of the three Maggies, Fleed to Egypt, Holy Baphtism, Koimesis and Ascension.

Kırkdamaltı Church (H. Georgios): Located in Belisirma Village in Ihlara Valley. The church is irregular hexagonal plan with flat roof which is engraved in concave form in the apse direction to the east. The original door still exists. The church was renovated by Lady Tamar who was the wife of Basileios in 13th century. The frescoes are showing the scene of Deises, Metamorphosis, Ascension and the image of the Seljuk Sultan Mesut II.

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