Aynalı Kilise


From the Open-Air Museum entrance, a 1km walk uphill along Müze Caddesi brings you to the signposted trail leading down to the Aynalı Kilise. The main chapel is adorned with interesting red-ochre geometric decorations, but the real highlight here is shimmying through the network of narrow tunnels interconnecting a series of rooms within the rock face. The on-site guardian provides torches for visitors.

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2. Chapel of St Catherine

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5. Apple Church

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6. Snake Church

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