Notes on some Cave Churches in the Province of Wallo
Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey
Subterranean retreat may have sheltered thousands of people in times of trouble.
- Hills under the Hungarian capital are riddled with caves, many formed by water from the city’s spas
- Many of the caves are open to the public, with guided tours and spelunking expeditions
- Subterranean attractions include a former hospital, a Cold War bunker and a church
Gerome Cave Churches, Cappadocia
In the 4th century small anchorite communities began to form in the region, acting on instruction of Saint Basil of Caesarea. They carved cells in the soft rock. During the iconoclastic period (725-842) the decoration of the many sanctuaries in the region was held to a minimum, usually symbols such as the depiction of the cross. After this period, new churches were dug into the rocks and they were richly decorated with colourful frescoes.
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