Smiling Virgin Mary Fresco at Cappadocia Monastery Puzzles Scientists


January 30, 2024


Scientists are debating if a fresco depicting a smiling Virgin Mary in the Gumusler Monastery in Cappadocia, Turkey is original or the result of a restoration gone wrong.

Carved into a large rock mass in the Cappadocia region, the monastery is believed to have been constructed sometime during the Byzantine era between the 8th and 12th centuries.

The most important part of the monastery is the church in the northern part. It is thought that at least three different masters worked on all the church wall paintings.

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