Pictures & Images of Aynali Kilise Cave Church, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey - { 43 images } Created 12 Feb 2019

Pictures photos images of Aynali Kilise (Church) a cave church complex, 11th century, near Goreme, Cappadocia, Nevsehir, Turkey. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cappadocia has been a site of Christian churches and monasteries from the beginning of Christianity. St Paul came to Caesarea in Cappadocia where he and his companions stayed with Philip the Evangelist before travelling on to Jerusalem. The famous Cappadocian Fathers or Three Cappadocian's, Saint Basil (330–379), who was bishop of Caesarea; his younger brother Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – c. 395), who was bishop of Nyssa; and a close friend, Gregory of Nazianzus (329–389), who became Patriarch of Constantinople, show that Cappadocia produced many important theologians. Aynali Kilise cave church is typical of the iconoclastic period (725-842) churches built in Cappadocia. Situated in a remote valley near Goreme the Aynali Kilise cave church would have been hidden to the Arab invaders that were pushing into Anatolia. Roman Byzantine Iconoclasm refers to two periods in the history of the Byzantine Roman Empire when the use of religious images or icons was opposed by religious and imperial authorities within the Eastern Church and the temporal imperial hierarchy. This is why Aynali Kilise cave church is not decorated on the outside with religious figures and why the frescoes inside do not depict representations any figures. The interior frescoes are simple red geometric patterns and crosses against the plain rock background. From the Aynali Kilise church, tunnel lead back into the rock through low tunnels into inner rooms. Stairs lead up to upper galleries and more inner rooms whose entrances have rocks that can be rolled across them to make them impregnable when the church was under attack. Download pictures & images of Aynali Kilise (Church) a cave church complex, 11th century, near Goreme, Cappadocia, or buy as photo art prints.

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