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A ray of sun hits an alcove.­ I'm sure there used to be a sacred sculpture or maybe a relic in this alcove.­

Otkhta Monastery Ruin - Georgian Church (Turkey)

When i arrived in this remote ruin after driving 5 miles of a dirt road, I found a large group of Japanese scientists with a van full of telemetry, photography and video equipment.­ They explained that they were working for a University project and they were mapping and recording as much information as possible, images and data, about the old Georgian church ruins in the region, since they are threatened and likely to degrade and collapse, especially in this region that has occasional earthquakes.­

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Country of Turkey - Türkiye Georgian Church Ruins (Turkey)
Artvin İspir Yolu, 08800 Artvin Province, Turkey