The Pilgrimage: Turkey: Part Five

Going to the cave churches at Goreme Open Air Museum is a treat, but it reminds one of what produced such things— persecution. We will see an underground city after this post where Christians hid. We are talking about Christianity in the first four centuries of its existence, when it was literally an underground phenomenon, and it appears to have really thrived in Cappadoccia. They do not allow you to take indoor shots of the cave churches any more so of some of these appear a little small or strange, it’s because they are not my shots. Let’s start with residences first, before we explore cave churches. There are still some folks living in these tufa cave homes.

Who is that guy hanging out beneath the God’s eye tree??

Cappadoccia and especially Goreme is a high tourist area, so there are a variety of things on offer….

Anyone up for being a sultan??

Here’s a shy little Turkish boy, standing next to an ancient folding door…

The exteriors of the cave churches are often as remarkable as the interiors.

The degree of skill and artisanship in the painting (and frescoing) of the inside of these churches is remarkable. The two churches one must see the inside of is the dark church and the blue church, but others are worth the climb as well. Here’s a variety of what you see…

But not far away, there is more evidence of a darker side of what happened to Christians in this region. We will explore the underground city nearby next.

  • Fidget

    Re Your photograph with the heading “Here’s a shy little Turkish boy, standing next to an ancient folding door…”
    This is not a door, it is an agricultural implement known as a threshing board, used to separate grain from straw. There would have been sharp stones imbedded in the slits in the wood. Here is the Wikipedia entry :
    Frances Thesiger,
    Ayvalik, Turkey

  • BenW3

    Hi. I’m sure that was the original use, but they get repurposed. I’ve seen them used as bathroom doors. BW3

  • Fidget

    I’m sure they could be reused as bathroom doors, but that’s hardly an “ancient” folding door, is it? More to your purpose, I would have thought, would be to point out their similarity to the threshing boards in operation in biblical times. But then I suspect that you didn’t know that.

  • BenW3

    But in fact I do. Ive seen one used that way in Nazareth in May.