Alahan Monastery

Alahan Monastery

Alahan Monastery is a Byzantine complex of 5th century AD buildings located in the mountains of Isauria in Mersin Province, Turkey. Construction of the monastery took place during two periods. The first occurred in the mid-fifth century AD under Emperor Leo I, while the second occurred in the last quarter of the fifth century AD under Emperor Zeno. The ruins include the cave church, the west church, the east church, the colonnaded walkway, the baptistery and the living quarters.

Site Information

Country: Turkey

District: Mersin Province

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 5th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Byzantine

Later Cultures: Christian

Site Features: Byzantine & Christian Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Official Name: Alahan Monastery

Date of Submission: 2000

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