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It is situated at a distance of 4 krn from Avanos, and 2,5 krn from Goreme on the road of Nevsehir, Uchisar Avanos, just before leaving the village of Cavusin on the upper right side of the road. This church of which the architecture is not important is famous for its frescoes which date from 11th century. It has three apses. The colours are lively. Although much spoiled, one can discern two angel figures. At the entrance of the large apse in the middle of the main space with three apses Jesus Christ is represented while in the small apses by which it is flanked, we see St. Thomas and St. Battalamus and other saints from the Gospel cycle illustrated in red, brown green and white in particular. The barrel-vault which we see shows us that this church had been constructed before the cross vaulted churches. The Gospel cycle describes the following scenes just like in the Tokali Kilise. Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Raising of Lazarus, Entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, Betrayal, Crucifixion, Death of Jesus Christ, Anastasis, Woman at the Empty Tomb, Baptism, Ascension.

In the village of Cavusin is the church of St. John the Baptist. The river bed crossing the village Cavusin is linked with another river bed at a distance of 11 km from the village. The names of the valleys crossed by the river bed are the Gulludere and Kizilcukur valleys. A road which passes through the village leads us to these valleys where 12 churches are to be found. The church at the point where the river bed converges is the most interesting and its frescoes date from 9th century

At a distance of 200 m to the north of Cavusin, at the spot called Alibagi are the bewildering fairy chimneys. The site where the Zelve road forks is called Cinnes. The fairy chimneys present an unprecedented beauty to the sight.


Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Cappadocia The Poetry Nature Etched On Earth".

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