Purenli Seki Kilisesi (Church with the Terrace) Ihlara Valley Trips

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Purenli Seki Kilisesi (Church with the Terrace) Ihlara Valley Trips

Purenli Seki Kilisesi is also located in the first quarter of the valley, around 100m from Kokar Kilise. You have to climb about 25m above the level of the river. It is composed of an entrance, a burial chamber and a double naos, separated by pillared arcades, each having an apse. The church is covered by frescoes classified as "archaic" but characterized by exquisite details, a strong sense of design and amazing freedom of expression.

Agacalti Kilise, Ihlara Valley, CappadociaAgacalti Kilise (Church under the Tree)
When you turn right at the bottom of the stairs from the main entrance, you will find yourself 10m from the church. Prepare yourself for a surprise when you enter the church through the ruined arch for a totally different style of architecture. This church is quite different from the other churches of the Byzantine world of the 10th and 11th century Cappadocia, with its harmoniously contrasted colors of red, green and yellow, the subjects of its paintings and its decoration of flowers, rosettes and checkerboard patterns, all betraying strong eastern influence. The Church, also known as the Church of Daniel or the Church of Pantassa, has a free cross architectural plan.

On the wall opposite the entrance there is a fresco of Daniel in the Lion's Den. The left cross-arm contains the Annuciation, the Visitation, the Nativity and the Magi. The right cross-arm contains the Flight into Egypt, the Baptism and the Dormition. The Dormition of the Virgin (Koimesis) is unique as far as Cappadocia is concerned. It is composed of two scenes. In the first scene, Mary is lying on a bed, with Christ accompanied by St. John sitting on one side of the bed to recover her soul. In the upper scene Christ is shown holding his Mother's soul, with an Angel behind him.

The wooden bridge in Belisirma VillageSome of the other important
churches of Ihlara Valley are:

Egritas Kilise (Church with Crooked Stone)
Sumbullu Kilise (Hyacinth Church)
Yilanli Kilise (Church with Snake)
Karagedik Kilise (Church with Black Collar)
Kirk Damalti Kilisesi (Church of St. George)
Bahattin Kilise (Bahattin's Granary Church)
Direkli Kilise (Pillard Church)
Ala Kilise (Mottled Church)

Turkish Heritage Travel organizes both regular and private tours to Ihlara Valley. The rate of the regular full day tour is 60 Euro per person on credit card payment and 50 Euro per person on cash payment including entrance fees, professional guide, lunch and transfers.

Published date: July 12, 2019 Publisher / Owner / Provider: Turkey Holiday Attractions Activity

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