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  St. Michael and the Red Orb
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  • St. Michael and the Red Orb - Nevsehir Ili
      St. Michael and the Red Orb
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  • The Saints and Bishops - Nevsehir Ili
      The Saints and Bishops
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  • The Crucifixion at the Apple Church - Nevsehir Ili
      The Crucifixion at the Apple Church
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  • Detail from the Adoration - Nevsehir Ili
      Detail from the Adoration
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  • Entrance to the Apple Church - Nevsehir Ili
      Entrance to the Apple Church
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One of the smallest churches at Goreme is entered through a new tunnel as the original entrance was on the opposite side. Four pillars support a space in the shape of a Greek cross with a central dome. The church dates to the late 11th C with the paintings applied directly to the rock walls ( rather than to an overlying plaster coat ) as in the St. Basil and St. Barbara churches. The frescoes are lush and brilliantly colored, reflecting a restoration completed in the early 1900's with almost all the surfaces covered.
The most famous painting features St. Michael holding in his left hand a round reddish orb, from which the name of the church is allegedly derived. Of course, the orb is nondescript and does not resemble an apple. Some suggest that an apple tree or orchard was located near the original entrance to the church.
Jesus the Pantocrator occupies the central dome with angels in the remaining domes and bishops and martyrs adorning the pillars. The walls are covered with scenes from the life of Christ from Nativity forward to the Resurrection.

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  • Written Dec 20, 2008
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