Photographer's Note

The Christian monastery at Alahan is located in the mountains of Isauria in Southern Turkey (Mersin) near Mut on the road between Karaman and Silifke. Altitude: 1250 m. with a splendid view over the valley of Göksu river. Constructed at the second half of the fifth century but already abandoned in the seventh century. Its remains include two churches, one (The East Church) is extremely well preserved, a baptistery, a colonnaded runway running the full length of the site, and a couple of subsidiary buildings, plus some old caves and graves. The complex may be funded by the Emperor Zeno(474-491), who was from the region. The buildings stretches along the side of the mountain and covers an area of 30x200 meters. It is quite possible that the monastery official, and monks lived in the houses surrounding the complex. The monastery stands as the finest achievement of native Isaurian stone-masons and sculptors. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on February 25th, 2000 in the Cultural category.

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