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RED CHURCH

RED CHURCH
Güzelyurt, Sivrihisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
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BACKGROUND

Kizil Kilise, also known as the Red Church, is one of the oldest churches on the vast plains of the Cappadocia region of Turkey. It was built in the sixth century during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Harsh winters and intense cold weather eventually led to the abandonment of the church long ago and has caused damage to Kizil Kilise’s structure. Goats have also contributed to the deterioration of church by climbing the structure and weakening nearby grounds while grazing. The church was included on the 2008 World Monuments Watch. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Kizil Kilise is one of the earliest surviving Christian buildings in Turkey and demonstrates the important role the region has played over the centuries in religious, economic, and cultural development. (...)