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Tokali Church

This church, one of the largest on the slope, has recently been restored. It has four spaces: The ancient church with single-nave of modest dimensions with a vestibule, the larger new church, church beneath the ancient church and the chapel on the north of the new church. The ancient church is a sort of entrance to the new church. In the beginning, this was a singlenaved barrel-vaulted construction. The apse was destroyed during the construction of the new church. The ancient church is decorated with the Gospel-cycle. The surface of the entire vault and the upper parts of the walls are entirely covered with paintings illustrating Gospel-cycle scenes. It must be dating back to the beginning of the 11th century. Amongst the representations we can enumerate the following: Annunciation, Visitation, Proof of the Virgin, Journey to Betlehem, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Baptism, Raising of Lazarus, Trasfiguration, Entry to Jerusalem, Betrayal of Judas, Christ on the Calvary, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Women at the Empty Tomb and Ascension, Transfom1ation of Water into Wine, Flight to Egypt, Massacre of the Innocents, Presentation of Jesus Christ to the Temple, Execution of Zacharia, Persecution of Elizabeth, Calling of Saint John the Baptist, Prophecy of Saint John the Baptist, Christ Meeting St. John the Baptist, Marriage at Cana , Miracle of the Wine, Miracle of the Loaves and Fish, Calling of the Apostles, Healing of the Blind Man, Last Supper, Betrayal, Jesus before Pilates, Deposition, Entombment of Jesus Christ and Anastasis.

Yeni Tokali (New) Church built on a lateral rectangular ground plan is barrel-vaulted and divided into three parts by buttresses. The north, the south and the west walls of the main space are made lively by blind arches. The walls are in the form of an archway limited by a gateway strecthing in front of three apses. The New Church is decorated with the scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, namely, the childhood, the adolescence, and the passion as well as with the scenes from the life of Saint Basil,

The New Church dates from the end of 10th century or beginning of the 13th century. The following representations can be enumerated: Annunciation, Reproaches of Joseph, Journey to Betlehem, Dream of Joseph, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Flight to Egypt, presentation of Jesus Christ at the Temple, Jesus Christ among the wisemen, Calling of St. John the Baptist, Saint John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, Baptism, Miracle of wine, Calling of Matthew, Calling of Peter, Andreas, Jacob and John, Marriage at Cana, Healing of the Blind Man, Healing of the Lepers, Widow's Mite, Healing of the Nobleman's Son, Healing of the Withered Hand, Healing of the Possessed, the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus, Healing of the Paralytic, Raising of Lazarus, Entry into Jerusalem, Washing the Feet, Betrayal, Jesus Christ Before Plate, Way to the Cross, Crucifixion, Deposition, Entombment of Jesus Christ, Women at the Empty Tomb, Anastasis, Benediction of the Apostles, Mission of Apostles, Ascension of Jesus Christ and Pentecost.

The chapel which is by the New Church is barrel vaulted and ends with an apse in the east. The lower church is separated with three naves and two archways. The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the lateral naves have flat ceilings.

The space is limited in the east by passage. The passage leads in the east to three apses. On the west side is the corridor which links a small room and the grave chamber.

 



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