Ihlara Valley attractions

Church in Ihlara Valley

Direkli Kilise

This cross-shaped church has four columns, with lovely partially preserved frescoes of saints. The large adjoining chamber originally had two storeys, as you can see from what's left of the steps and the holes in th…
Church in Ihlara Valley

Bahattın'ın Samanlığı Kilise

Sitting on Belisırma village's cliff face, next door to the Direkli Kilise, this tiny church contains defaced but still vivid frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Christ. It's named after a local who used to s…
Church in Ihlara Valley

Yılanlı Kilise

Many of the frescoes are damaged, but it's possible to make out the one outlining the punishments for sinners, especially the three-headed snake with a sinner in each mouth and the nipple-clamped women (ouch) who di…
Monastery in Ihlara Valley

Selime Monastery

The monastery at Selime is an astonishing rock-cut structure incorporating a vast kitchen with a soaring chimney, three churches, stables with rock-carved feed troughs and other evidence of the troglodyte lifestyle.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Kırk Dam Altı Kilise

Although badly graffitied, the frescoes are still gloriously vibrant, and above the entrance you can see St George on a white horse, slaying a three-headed snake.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Kokar Kilise

This church has some fabulous frescoes – the Nativity and the Crucifixion for starters – dating from the 9th and 11th centuries.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Ağaçaltı Kilise

This cruciform-plan church is most famous for its incredibly well-preserved fresco ceiling depicting the Ascension.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Pürenli Seki Kilisesi

This double-nave church has a wealth of 10th- and 12th-century frescoes depicting stories from the Gospels.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Sümbüllü Kilise

Some frescoes remain, but this church is mostly noteworthy for its simple but elegant facade.
Church in Ihlara Valley

Eğritaş Kilise

Hardly anyone bothers to go to the Eğritaş Kilise, which is a shame because although the frescoes covering its half-collapsed, barrel-vaulted chapel are severely defaced and deteriorated, they are still colourful an…