Halacdere Cappadocia Halacdere Date
HALACDERE Located near the road to Ürgüp, Halacdere was a closed monastic colony carved out of the tufa sometime between the 10th and 12th centuries. In the 13th century, a magnificent basilica-type church with adjacent living quarters was added to the complex now exposed through erosion. Like the towers of Ortahisar, this colony too had been designed to show only a configuration of natural rocks to hostile eyes and only a few narrow outlets connected it with the surface. The church is rich in ornamental designs, including reliefs, but its frescos are barely discernible.
Other notable churches are: Church of Peter and Paul, Church of Saint Theodora, both on the Meskendir creek. The chapel of Nicetas features well-preserved icons from the posticonoclastic period.