Mosque and church discovered next to each other in Cappadocia

Mosque and church discovered next to each other in Cappadocia

Discovery of a mosque and a church next to each other brought to light the reality that Muslims and Christians lived together.

Discovery of a mosque and a church next to each other which were cut into rocks in the world-famous Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia, has brought to light the reality that Muslims and Christians lived together in the same period of time.

Curator of the Aksaray Museum, Yusuf Altin, told AA on Wednesday that their works and projects on discovery of cultural assets in Ihlara Valley continue.

He said that the number of cultural assets rose from 12 to 45 during recent works and they were excited when they found the mosque.

He highlighted that it was the first time they came across a rock-cut mosque which had changed the common knowledge about the Ihlara Valley, the largest settlement area of Cappadocia.

“There was also a rock-cut church found next to the mosque. This reveals that in the same period of time there were Muslims and Christians living together in Ihlara. Also both places of worships are so close to each others,” said Altin.

“The Mosque has inner dome and dome roof which is interesting. It does not take attention from outside but the inside of the mosque is fascinating. It has a door which opens directly outside. The most important feature of this mosque is that it has been built next to a church. Church has a different entrance and then it connects with the underground city. We discovered an important cultural asset by finding the mosque and the church next to each other,” said Yusuf Altin.

Ihlara is a town famous with the nearby valley, Ihlara Valley. The Valley is unique because of its history and civilizations. The whole valley has rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantines. Ihlara is 100 km away from the Nevsehir province.

Cappadocia is a historical region in Nevsehir in central Anatolia. Cappadocia is a world-famous town with its exceptional natural wonders, especially with its “fairy chimneys” and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Persians, Assyrians, Greeks and Hittites all lived in Cappadocia. Turkish tribes started settling in the region in the Middle Ages.

  1. #1 by Ponders70 on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    Notice that no synagogue was found.

  2. #2 by equalizer on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    “It’s still Christian”…..the words of a “docent”, recently, in a Confederate church in the southern United States, while I gazed upon the stained glass…….

  3. #3 by Jaffiote on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    Christians & Muslims lived together side by side, church by mosque, althrough our region and history for centuries and centuries until the Non-Christian Zionist Neocons invented 9/11 and created Islamophobia to be counter-balanced by AlQaeda & Salafists originally created by the CIA ,triggering endless wars to implement their plan of world domination ….Anybody who did or may visit the Palestinian town of Jaffa ( now in Israel ) let him visit the Old City there to see further Churches and Mosques side by side since centuries before the creation of ( Israel ) in 1948 !!!

  4. #4 by Ghazi Al Hind on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    We need to reacreate harmony this again PLEASE!

    This is actually more common in the middle east than people realise.

    You will find stories where Christians and Muslims prayed in the same building or Muslim leaders building Churches and so on.

    In India (where I come from), we (Muslims) use to have the same relationship with Hindus, but it is less common now (although you still find places that do intermingle religiously) the Hindutva have destroyed the harmony.

    The Hindutva are allied with Israel.

    Interesting fact: India was involved in a number of Arab-Israel wars (on Israel side of course).

  5. #5 by Blake on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    Not surprising because I know that in 3 CE a large part of peasantry of Palestine were followers of Jesus & practiced a form of Christian Judaism in which Jesus was Messiah but neither God nor son of God. When Umar al-Faruq opened Palestine to Islam, the humble people of the land (am haaretz) saw fulfillment of the promise of Jesus in the religion of Islam, which means humility or meekness & which was a minor variant of the religion that they already practiced.

  6. #6 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    “Discovery of a mosque and a church next to each other brought to light the reality that Muslims and Christians lived together.”

    In Mauritius, churches and mosques are literally next door to each other. The Church bells and the Musli Call to prayer never bothered anybody and WERE EVEN VERY WELCOME BY ALL until we became “democratic”, “modern”, “secular”, and ZIonist controlled!


  7. #7 by Jean on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    And still the ignorant who call themselves Christians fall for the evil stories the Jewish controlled media puts out to create this Islamaphobia. Most Christians who attend Church each Sunday have never read the Bible. They are like the kid that sits in class and picks up enough of what he hears
    to pass the simple tests but has never studied. Even many who do do not understand what they read so they repeat sound bites out of context and know nothing.

  8. #8 by graham gavin on 08/14/2012 - 9:34

    so nice to get a positive story out of “the ugly truth” thank you.

  9. #9 by MJ on 08/15/2012 - 9:34

    A Letter from Prophet Muhammad to All Christians

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on 08/15/2012 - 9:34

    @Jaffiote, and Blake, some time ago I bookmarked a link, posted by kermit, of old and new pics, of various towns in Palestine..

    I got to know Mahmoud El-Yousseph, through reading an article he wrote, about the kindness shown to the members of his mosque, by the members of the christian church opposite, I e-mailed him, and we became friends..

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