Unique fresco of Second Coming – Extraordinary discovery in Cappadocia, Turkey
13 February, 2016
Unique fresco of Second Coming – Extraordinary discovery in Cappadocia, Turkey
In Turkey, a subterranean orthodox church carved out in a cliff and covered with frescoes depicting Second Coming has been discovered – Jesus Christ, ascended to heaven, is judging the living and the dead. The mayor of the town where the church was found says that this is the first discovery of this kind.

“We know that such frescoes have so far never been seen in any other church,” Nevşehir Mayor Hasan Ünver told Hurriyet Daily News. “This place is even bigger than the other historical churches in Cappadocia. It was built underground and has original frescoes that have survived to this day.”

Cappadocia is the region located in the central part of the present-day Turkey and it is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. Its deep gorges and cliff formations with churches and tombs harmonically merged with the nature attract millions of tourists.

In 2014, the archaeologists announced the discovery of a massive subterranean town, whose 7 kilometer long tunnels, hidden temples and halls are at least 5 000 years old.
The church discovered in 2016 is one of many other constructions that form part of the aforementioned town. It is most likely built in 5th century AD.

“We didn’t even think of finding such a structure when we first started works. But excavations and cleaning work are continuing and we hope to find new data relating to the history of Cappadocia,” Mr. Ünver told Hurriyet. “It is reported that some of the frescoes here are unique.
There are exciting depictions like fish falling from the hand of Jesus Christ, him rising up into the sky, and the bad souls being killed. When the church is completely revealed, Cappadocia could become an even bigger pilgrimage center of Orthodoxy.”

The historical region of Cappadocia covers about one hundred square kilometers and consists of more than 200 subterranean settlements. There are many secret entrances, hidden rooms and old temples. Because of all that, Cappadocia is arguably the most amazing and the largest cave region in the world.


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