Friday, December 17, 2010

Thousand year old rock cut church

 This church is not the regular tourist circuit, this and many others. That's why we need a guide like Bernd. He charges 15 euros per person per day for a group of 4. There were only 2 of us, me and Sophie. I paid him 60 euros a day, I paid for everything else as well. At the end of the 3 days, we had enjoyed ourselves so much I didn't begrudge him anything. His English wasn't that good but he had a friend, Fips, who tagged along. Years ago Fips spent a few years in the USA so he interpreted for Bernd. We liked Fips, he had this incredible sense of humor. I liked it that we were taken to a variety of churches, frescoed and undecorated ones. The architectural details in this one is exceptional.
 It's easy to forget that these are not free standing buildings. The details are carved out of the rock after it had been hollowed out. The symbols are supposed to have meanings. Who are these carvers/architects? Who were the people who lived and worshipped here?

 A huge chunk has broken off.

A whole complex has been hollowed room leading to another...

 It had paint on it once but the paint has disappeared.

The facade has been worn  thin and has eventually fallen off exposing the interior. How long will this part remain? Who knows?

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