Monday, December 20, 2010

More frescoes

 I love to see the grapevines are just left to run over the sand. It's like planting watermelons. Wood is scarce.

 We are on our way to see another frescoed church. Here the facade has already fallen away and this part of the frescoed wall is exposed to the elements. It is very beautiful, what's left of it, very unusual, very unlike what we've seen I'm amazed everything to see not much is similar, maybe there were lots of people working on each church, thus the variety. Who were they? What happened to them? Do they have any descendants?
 The wild rose briar's are overgrown and it was the time for rose hips and against the backdrop of the frescoes, it makes for an incredible scene. It is so precious and beautiful.
 In the interior rooms are these magnificent frescoes. Again not in any way like any we've seen so far. They are pretty faded, we can't make out much of the Bible scenes shown in the frescoes.

Doesn't it make you want to rush over to see them before they disappear? In the 1920's, Father Jerphanion spent almost 20 years exploring Cappadocia and many of the churches he documented no longer exist. There's an area near Konya where there were so many churches that the locals call it 'thousand and one churches.' Two English explorers spent a few years documenting the churches here and they wrote that the buildings were fallen apart in front of their eyes. A lot of what they saw has disappeared. Most exists as rubble now.

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