Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

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Alahan Monastery

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Alahan Monastery

About the site

Corridor: Via Anatolia
Country: Turkey, Icel
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Middle AgesChristian religious centre

The monastery and its adjoining structures lie at a distance of one hour’s walk from the small village of Alahan. The group of buildings consists of small cells for the monks placed in three churches and in the rocks linked by a straight line of columns. The building complex streches along the side of the mountain and covers an area of 30x200 meters.
The existing cultural remains demonstrate that the complex was surrounded by small houses. It is quite possible that the monastery official, and monks lived in these houses.
The cult buildings are constructed in a particular style of architecture and are enriched with superb decorations. It is significant in terms of understanding the Byzantine religious architecture.

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