Işhan monastery - georgian church ruin (turkey)

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Işhan monastery - georgian church ruin (turkey)

Ruins of Ishan Monastery (Turkey)

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.­

For more information about Işhan Monastery, read:
www.­choruh.­com/­en/­tarih/­kiliseler/­the-monestery-of-ishan

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September 22, 2006
Kars Artvin Yolu, Artvin Province, Turkey

Photos of Turkey (the country).­

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