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The 10th-century Buckle Church is known as the oldest rock cut church in Cappadocia - and probably one of the biggest and most fabulously decorated. Like the Dark Church, the limited amount of light created the special conditions that preserved most of the frescoes for today's tourists to enjoy.

I liked every inch of this church and spent nearly an hour examining every corner of this double-chambered church. The images of Christ and many saints have been beautifully preserved and make you truly thankful that religions bring out the best in humans (don't we all wish this is the case all the time?).

It's also amazing to think that this church, which is the biggest in Goreme, was cut within a single rock with all those columns and naves - think about the skill that went into this, perhaps with the best tools they could get their hands on at that time.

Directions: The church is outside the main museum compound, about 50 meters down the hill towards Goreme village. No extra fees needed to enter the church - it's included in the ticket price.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2007
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