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Karanlik Kilise

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Karanlik Kilise

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Guven D wrote a review Sep 2020
96 contributions5 helpful votes
Its one of the best church what you can see in Cappadocia. Its inside in the Goreme open air museum .
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Carol A S wrote a review Jan 2020
Marietta, Georgia4,206 contributions769 helpful votes
Karanlık Kilise (or the Dark Church) was part of an 11th century monastic compound, and is one of a dozen historic churches in the Goreme Open-Air Museum. It's name comes from its dark interior, lit only by a small window in the narthex. On the one hand, the dim interior has preserved the rich pigments and vivid decorations of its frescoes. On the other, it makes interior photography difficult. Karanlık Kilise is a domed church with one main apse, two small apses and four columns. It is decorated with vibrant scenes from the New Testament: Christ Pantocrator, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, First Bath, Last Supper, Betrayal by Judas, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. After the conquest of Cappadocia by the Seljuq Turks (~1071) the church was used as a pigeon house until the 1950s, when it was painstakingly restored. It is now one of the finest examples of 11th-century Byzantine church art. Karanlık Kilise has the same hours as the Goreme Open-Air Museum (8am-7.15pm daily) but there is an additional entry fee of ₺18 in addition to the ₺54 general museum entrance fee.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Chuck1420 wrote a review Oct 2019
Salisbury, UK35 contributions13 helpful votes
Wonderful frescoes, reportedly the best-preserved in Goreme. One gazes in wonder at the skills and faith of the artists.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Loz C wrote a review Sep 2019
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions19 helpful votes
This church arguably hosts the most impressive frescos at the Goreme open air museum, as they are most well preserved. In order to limit tourist numbers and thus protect the frescos, there is an extra charge of 18TL on top of the entrance ticket fee which was 54TL. Despite travelling on a budget we decided to pay the extra entrance fee to see Karanlik Kilise (otherwise known as the dark church). It was well worth it. Stunningly intricate and complex, the church really was the highlight of the museum for us and one to remember from our trip, so it is definitely worth doing!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Elias_Saad wrote a review Aug 2019
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates635 contributions102 helpful votes
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Located in Göreme open air museum . There are 8 churches in a small area , next to each others, Entrance fees is 54TL . But to visit the black church there is Extra 18TL , Words can express my feeling when I saw this lovely church ⛪️ , they called it dark church since light doesn’t go inside ,highly recommended and a must visit place if you are in cappadocia .
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Date of experience: August 2019
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