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Old Byzantion Monastery carved into the Stone

In 1963, Some of Cappadocia's (Turkey) best-preserved ancient rock-hewn monastery and most captivating frescoes discovered as hidden within the rocks. The Monastery from the aerial wiew is a square structure from the surface to the underground level about 20X20 metres which was built by digging and carving the stone.

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The Monastery is covered with colourful Byzantine frescoes which were painted between the 7th and 11th centuries. The frescoe which depicts the elongated Mary giving a Mona Lisa smile is said to be the only smiling Mary depiction in the world.

The frescoe which depicts the elongated Mary giving a Mona Lisa smile

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Entrance of the Monastery

Although the frescoes are the monastery's most exciting feature, the warren of rooms are must to see  either. The complex is entered via a rock-cut passage, which opens onto a large courtyard with reservoirs for wine and oil. There is also a kitchen and a refectory. A small hole in the ground acts as a vent for a 9m-deep shaft leading to two levels of subterranean rooms. wisitors can descend through the chambers or climb to an upstairs bedroom.

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Above is the Armenian Cross in the monastery

 

Old Gümüşler Monastery is about 10 km northeast of Niğde province of Turkey. 

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