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-Location maps showing Kayseri and Koramaz Valley (after Google Maps and Google Earth-elaboration A. Yamaç).

-Location maps showing Kayseri and Koramaz Valley (after Google Maps and Google Earth-elaboration A. Yamaç).

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... there are six different valleys eroded by these streams flowing down from the high hills; in the rock sides of these valleys, there are structures carved by the inhabitants dwelling in the area for hundreds, or even more for thousands of years. The longest of these six valleys is Koramaz Valley ( fig. 1). In this 16 km long valley there are in total seven different villages. From west to east, these are Büyük Bürüngüz, Üskübü (Subası), Küçük Bürüngüz, Ağırnas, Dimitre, Vekse, and Ispıdın. Both the interior and surroundings of these seven villages, located on the slopes of Koramaz Valley, are full of structures carved into the rocks. ...
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... a rock tomb on the floor are interesting. This church, which is an 11 th century Byzantine structure, measures 6.88 m × 2.60 m and a height of 3.54 m, has been well preserved compared to its counterparts. The rectangular church has semicircular apse, an altar carved from the rock body, and three semicircular niches on the north wall of the nave ( fig. 10, ...
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... after Ağırnas, Koramaz Valley reaches Dimitre, which is currently known as Turan Village. In the Ottoman registrations, dated 1500, 37 dwellings, and 1520, 48 dwellings were recorded in the village (Inbaşı, 1993). Old Dimitre Village is not located on the mainline of Koramaz Valley but on the north slopes of a branch extending to the east ( fig. 1 and fig. 12). This region is the deepest point of Koramaz Valley: in Dimitre branch, the maximum difference between the altitude of the plateau and the bottom of the valley reaches 80 m. The total number of cliff dwellings on the walls of this branch are more than the cliff dwellings of Ağırnas: the most important reason is that, differently from ...
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... During this study, in Old Dimitre Village, in to- tal 229 rock-cut settlements have been explored and surveyed. Among these structures, most of which are dwelling, barn, and dovecote, there are also seven churches. Those small rock-cut churches are architecturally quite similar; all of them are with a length of 6-7 m and have a horseshoe apse ( fig. ...
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... next village after Dimitre in Koramaz Valley is Vekse which is located 2.5 km west and is the smallest village of this valley. The opposite slopes of the valley consist of red-colored volcanic rocks reaching to a height of 20 m from place to place and extending like a wall from one end to the other ( fig. 14). Structurally, Vekse is very similar to Ağırnas. On one side of the valley, there is the current village and on the other side, there are the rock-cut structures. Differently from Ağırnas and Dimitre, there are not many rock-cut settlements on the walls of Koramaz Valley extending in front of Vekse. The number of rock-cut structures on ...
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... the east part of the narthex, on each sides, in the walls two arcosolium niches were carved. In the western part of the southern wall a big arcosolium niche semicircular-shaped in plan-section is positioned. In front of that niche on the floor there is a burial pit. One more burial pit was cut on the floor between two eastern arcosolium niches ( fig. 15, fig. 16, fig. 17). One fresco is preserved on the east wall between the apses of the main church and parekklesion. It is preserved fragmentarily but there still could be seen two human ...
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... is a good example of the adaptation of a relatively large rock-cut church to the natural form of the rock body. There are two round arched niches on the east of the nave measuring 3.8 × 6 m, supported by a single column. The main apse is connected to the lateral apse by a passage to the west. There is a simple templon wall in front of both apses (fig. 18, fig. 19). The total distance between this church, which has no fresco remains insight, and Vekse Church No 3 on the same slope, is about 200 ...
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... the 1520 population census, the number of houses increased to 35 and the number of Christian houses was 23 (Inbaşı, 1993). In the village, there are 14 different rock-cut churches on both walls of Koramaz Valley ( fig. 21). All these churches are scattered to different parts of the valley. Apart from 3-4 small rockcut dwellings, the lack of cliff settlements is as interesting as the excessive number of churches in such a small village. In a village with 19 houses in total in 1500, it is hard to explain the existence of 14 different rock-cut churches ...