Ruins of Ishan Monastery (Turkey)
The church is a domed cruciform structure. The dome over the central square bay rests on four free-standing piers, each having a diameter of about two-meters.
During the conversion of the church into a mosque, a wall (visible on this photo) was constructed between the west arm and the central bay, the south and west entrances were closed, a mihrab niche facing in the direction of Mecca was constructed within the closed southern entrance, and the northern annex was converted into a prayer hall.
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Photos of the ruins of old Georgian Churches and Monasteries located in North-Eastern Turkey.
This region of Turkey used to be part of ancient Georgia, and those magnificent churches and Monasteries were built around the 10th century.
Turkey does very little to preserve them because most Turkish people don't have much respect for old Christian ruins.
The old monuments are now used to shelter farm animals. Most of the ruins are rapidly degrading.
One of them that still has a roof is being used as Mosque.
Some of those ruins are in isolated, hard to reach areas, sometimes far away for villages.
For a lot of information about the Georgian churches of the Çoruh Valley in Turkey, go to: www.choruh.com/en/tarih/kiliseler
Photos of Turkey (the country).