Churches of Göreme

Churches of Göreme

Churches of Göreme are group of Byzantine Churches located in Göreme district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. People of Göreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These churches and monasteries contain many examples of Byzantine art and frescoes from the post-iconoclastic period. The churches include the Church of the Buckle (Tokalı Kilise), the Apple Church (Elmalı Kilise), the Church of Saint Barbara (Azize Barbara Kilisesi), the Snake Church (Yılanlı Kilise), the Dark Church (Karanlık Kilise) and the Church with Sandals (Çarıklı Kilise). Churches of Göreme were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Site Information

Country: Turkey

District: Nevşehir Province

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 8th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Byzantine

Later Cultures: Christian

Site Features: Byzantine & Christian Monuments


World Heritage Site

Part of: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Date of Inscription: 1985

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