Karanlık Kilise

Karanlık Kilise information

Göreme , Turkey
Street Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi
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Lonely Planet review

The stunning fresco-filled Karanlık Kilise, is the most famous of the Open-Air Museum's churches. It took its name from the fact that it originally had very few windows. Luckily this lack of light preserved the vivid colour of the frescoes, which show, among other things, Christ as Pantocrator, Christ on the cross and the Betrayal by Judas. The church was restored at great expense, which partly explains the extra fee to visit it.

However, the charge is also intended to keep numbers down in an attempt to preserve the frescoes. It's worth every lira.