Alahan Monastery

Photo by Can Sarica.

Alahan Monastery is part of the Tentative list of Turkiye in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Alahan Monastery comprises the ruins of an early Byzantine sanctuary located deep in the mountains. Three churches and cells for monks or pilgrims were built into the rocks. The complex also held a spring, a bath house, a colonnaded walkway, and tombs.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Corinne Vail

USA - 17-Oct-11 -

I have visited Alahan a number of times. I drive on the road pretty much right past it when I go from Ankara to the Meditteranean coast, which is as often as I can. Alahan sits majestically on the side of a mountain, and even the parking lot is perched somewhat precariously on it. I love walking around the ruins and taking note of all the carvings and details that Alahan holds. I have never run into other tourists there, and the guard doesn't even stay there since there are so few visitors. I do believe it should be inscribed. It's gorgeous. You can read more about Alahan at my website:

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