Must See Churches, Monasteries and Chapels in Cappadocia

Last Updated on April 3, 2022

Cappadocia can be considered as a region that has been one of the most important residential and worship places for Christianity in the world between the 8th and 13th centuries.

There are variety of great churches in Cappadocia spread through the valleys, ancient settlement areas, national parks and historical places of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia’s Must See Churches, Monasteries and Chapels

at the Goreme Open Air Museum in Goreme

The Elmali (Apple) Church, Dark Church, Tokali (Buckled) Church, Yilanli (Serpent) Church, El Nazar Church, Saint Basil Chapel, Santa Barbara Chapel and Santa Catherine Chapel are the popular churches and chapels that worth a visit and see at the Goreme Open Air Museum.

Dark Church
Elmali (Apple) Church
Tokali (Buckled) Church
Yilanli (Snake) Church
El Nazar Church

Chapels in Pasabag Monks Valley– between Avanos and Goreme

The three capped fairy chimney situated at the center of the Pasabag Monks valley is the famous fairy chimney chapel where Saint Simeon has lived there in seclusion for 15 years.

Churches in Rose Valley (Gulludere)– near Goreme

Rose Valley separates into two paths. One leads to the chambers of the monks that were in seclusion and the other one leads to the popular Church of Three Crosses and Ayvali (Quince) Church

the Church of Three Crosses

Churches in Swords (Kiliclar) Valley– near Goreme

The Kiliclar Church and Virgin Mary Church are the two beautiful churches that worth a visit and see at the Swords Valley.

Churches in Cavusin Village

Cavusin is pretty small village and one of the oldest settlements of the region situated along the Goreme-Avanos road. The Saint Yahya Church and the Cavusin Church are also other popular churches that worth a visit and see.

The Cavusin Church

Churches in Zelve Valley– between Avanos and Goreme

There are about 15 churches at the Zelve Valley and the churches of Uzumlu (the Church with Grapes), Balikli (the Church with Fishes) and Geyikli (the Church with the Deer)are also one of the most popular fairy chimney churches that worth a visit and see in Cappadocia.

Churches, Monasteries and Chapels in and around Ihlara Valley

The St.George Church and Kirkdamalti Church are the must see churches in the Ihlara Valley.

St.George Church

Selime Monastery – 1 km. after Yaprakhisar village on the exit of Ihlara Valley

Selime Monastery

The famous Selime Monastery was one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia. The Monastery was carved into the rock by monks in the 13th century.


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