Ihlara Valley

S¸mb¸ll¸ Church The S¸mb¸ll¸ Church, which is located just to the left of the valley entrance, was named after the hyacinth flowers grown in the region. The church is one of the most memorable churches among the churches in the valley. The church was originally a monastery church, presumably planned for the cross between the 11th and 12th centuries. It was left as a cave without considering the first solid architectural plan carved into a large rock mass with 2 floors. The second floor is divided into 5 spaces with two doors, four rectangular columns and 3 windows. The flat roof is carved into a dome that appears engraved on the east side. It was covered with a barrel vault. Like all Cappadocian churches, the S¸mb¸ll¸ Church is decorated with freks. The apse depicts Hz. Mary, the Prophet. The Death of Mary, the Gospel of Jesus' Birth, Jesus and the Three Jews in the Oven, and the images of saints are important frescoes.

Y˝lanl˝ Church Ihlara Valley passes through the entrance tolls and goes down to the left side of the Selime side. When you cross a bridge and go 20 meters, you reach the stairs. Due to its location, it is the most visited church in the valley. On the opposite slope of the church is the S¸mb¸ll¸ Church. Y˝lanl˝ Church is a church that differs from other Ihlara Valley churches with its plan and freks. In the other valley churches, mostly from the Bible, scenes from the Y˝lanl˝ Church can be seen in the freks of the other world. Although the date of construction is unknown, it is dated between the 9th and 12th centuries. Serpentine church arms are built with a large, long cross and plan. The main entrance to the north was demolished, and the church was entered from an area formerly at the end of the entrance corridor. The only apse was carved into the left long wall, and the narthex was closed by a barrel vault. The cross arms on the north and south surround the central space with a relief cross on the ceiling. The narthex has a monumental tomb in the chapel with a flat roof in the north. The church was left unfinished for an unknown reason.