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Chapel of St. Barbara
Chapel of St. Barbara
Azize Barbara Kilisesi
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Cappadocia : Göreme - Selime - Zelve
Church(es)

approx. between 1050 and 1100

Relationship with : Sainte Barbara
UNESCO World Heritage Site (Définitif) : 1985

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This church is situated behind the rock housing Elmali (Apple) Church.
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Description   
It has a cruciform plan, with two columns. The north, south and west arms of the cruciform are barrel vaulted, and the centre, the east arm, and the east corners are domed. There are a main, central apse and two side apses.

Motifs were painted in red directly onto the rock. The walls and the dome are decorated in a variety of motifs including geometrical patterns, mythological animals and military symbols. The walls also have motifs resembling stonework.

This church dates back to the second half of the 11th century.

Scenes
On the main apse is Christ Pantocrator, on the north arm are St.George and the Dragon and St Theodore, and on the west arm is St Barbara.

The three figures of triangular shaped trees and the heads of the lances are very hard to explain. It is still not known whether they are described in the "Deesis" or " Metamorphism". The cross figures all around this church show us the iconoclassic ideas. The animal figures across from the entrance are mostly for the breaking of the spells.
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Patterns
approx. from 1050 to 1100

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Patterns
approx. from 1050 to 1100
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