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Alahan Monastery (Alahan Manastırı)

“Looks like it has just been taken out of its master’s hands,” by Evliya Elebi On the Mersin-Karaman route is where he described Alahan Monastery. At a height of 1300 meters, it is situated on a rocky incline with a view of the Göksu Valley.

M.S. 4. and 6. are regarded as a group of structures that have served as a Christian pilgrimage site and have been widely used over the years. Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture in Bath accommodations, as well as the two largest ornately decorated churches, a baptistery, a columnar way, rock tombs, and the monastery at Alahan, all have a significant place in history.

Jesus Christ worshipers experienced dread of being slain by unbelievers and persecution of individuals who adopted this new religion during the growth of Christianity in Cappadocia and Lyconia (Konya). That’s why those who followed Jesus go to worship in mountainous caves and rock crevices. St.Pavlus undertook risky journeys to Konya-Cappadocia and Antalya-Antakya with Paul, one of the early Christians who also resided in Tarsus, to spread Christianity. Wherever these two Christian Saints stayed throughout their travels, shrines have been erected in their honor. One of them is the Monastery of Alahan.

Its decoration displays expert stone sculpting. Two sets of columns with Corinthian capitals split the original church into three naves. The door that leads from the narthex to the main area is embellished with reliefs on the lintel and side pillars. Paul and Saints There are also pictures of Biblical scriptures, bunches of grapes, vine leaves, fish motifs, and figures of Pierre, Gabriel with six wings bearing a wreath, Michael crushing symbolic monsters, roaring lion, eagle, and ox emblems.

The tunnel where religious events are held is in the shape of an 11-meter-long corridor with arches and columns, and it is located to the south of the wide courtyard to the east of the churches. Behind the church in Alahan, whose buildings to the east and west are joined by a columnar walkway, there is a big niche with a packed relief adornment on all sides and a bathhouse structure, the water for which is given by a spring.

The monastery, commonly referred to as the “Hagia Sophia of Mersin” because of its architecture and ornamentation that are similar to those of the Hagia Sophia Mosque, is also well-known as one of the pilgrimage routes of this faith because it is crucial for bridging Christianity.

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