Alahan Monastery

Türkiye
Date of Submission: 25/02/2000
Criteria: (i)(iii)(iv)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Ministry of Culture
Coordinates: 37 52'N-32 30'E Located in the provincial Boundaries of Içel
Ref.: 1398

Description

The monastery and its adjoining structures lie at a distance of one hour's walk from the small village of Alahan. The group of buildings consists of small cells for the monks placed in theree churches and in the rocks linked by a straight line of columns. The building complex streches along the side of the mountain and covers an area of 30x200 m's. The existing cultural remains demonstrate that the complex was surrounded by small houses. It is quite possible that the monastery official, and monks lived in these houses.