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"Yilanli Kilise or the Snake Church" Goreme Things to Do Tip by mvtouring

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Our next stop was the tiny Snake Church or the Church of St Onuphrius. It is a simple barrel-vaulted church with a low ceiling and long nave. It is name for the fresco of Saints Theodore and St George slaying the dragon (or snake as depicted in the fresco), you can also see another lovely fresco in the church - that of Emperor Constantine and his mother Saint Helena depicted holding the "True Cross." Another interesting portrait is the one of Saint Onuphrius on the upper wall to the right of the entrance. The saint lived the life of a hermit in the Egyptian desert near Thebes, Egypt and is usually depicted with a long gray beard wearing only a fig leaf.

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  • Written Oct 26, 2009
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