The frescoes of the thousand-year-old Beşaret Church are in danger of disappearing

Source: Anatolian Archaeology

April 10, 2024


The thousand-year-old rock-carved Beşaret church in the Koramaz valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, is in danger of disappearing due to neglect and damage caused by treasure hunters.

Koramaz Valley is a valley in Kocasinan district of Kayseri province in Türkiye. Formed as a result of an earthquake fracture, the length of the Koramaz valley is 12 km.

There are forty-two churches made of rock in the valley.

Beşaret Church, famous for its frescoes, was probably built in 1027. On the opposite wall of the church is the story of Jesus’ birth, on the right wall is the story of his baptism, on the left wall is Gabriel, above the entrance are the motifs of Mary and Jesus Christ.

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