Hallakdere Monastery Complex (Hospital Monastery) in Ortahisar
Turkey, Ortahisar

The ruins of the Hallakdere monastery complex are located 1 kilometer northeast of the city of Ortahisar. In translation, Hospital Manasteur means "Hospital Monastery." The exact date of the monastery is unknown. Estimated time of its appearance - XI century. According to historical data, originally it was the estate of a powerful family. Over time, she moved to the monks who created a monastery around the estate. Several churches of great historical value have survived to our time. In one of the churches of Hospital Monastery there is a unique image of a man carved directly in the wall. This sculptural image is the only one in all of Cappadocia and the history of its origin is unknown. For Christian churches, this is unusual, mysterious, interesting, and of course, every tourist is of great interest. In Cappadocia, the appearance of the monasteries is special. There are no domes, crosses, but monolithic tuff rocks, in which churches, cells and utility rooms are carved. Thanks to the massive columns that support the vaults, the interior of the temples looks very majestic. Arches and hemispheres on the ceilings are striking in their geometric accuracy. Hospital Manasteury is the main attraction of the Hallac Vadisi Valley.

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