The Dark Church
Cradle vaulted rectangular nartex of the church is reached via a curved
ladder in the north. In the south of the nartex, there is a grave. The church is
in cross plan, the arms of the cross are cross vaulted, its center is domed, has
four columns and three absissa.
The reason of its
being named as Karanlık (Dark) Church is its taking a very small amount of light
from a small window in the nartex part. For this reason, the colors in the
frescos are very lively.
The church and the
nartex have rich ornaments including the Bible and Christ syclus. Furthermore,
as in Elmalı and Çarıklı Churches, scenes taken from the Torah are pictured. The
church is dated to the end of 11th century and the beginning of the 12th
Deesis, joyful tiding, journey to Beytüllahim, birth, worship of three
astrologers, bastism, resurrection of Lazarus, conversion, entrance to
jerusalem, last dinner, betrayal, Christ on cross, Christ's going down to hell,
women in front of the empty grave, blessing and charging of the disciples,
rising of Christ to sky, hospitality of Prophet Abraham, burning three Jew young
men and saint pictures.