The Church with Apple
The Church with Apple Date The Church with Apple Cappadocia
Carved out of the volcanic tufa considerably later than the Dark Church, the walls and columns of the Church with Apple are wholly covered with colorful frescos though, unfortunately, many of them are damaged. It is still one of the most attractive churches of the region; its murals depict the saints and apostles and episodes from the life of Christ.
Checkered bands, interlocked triangles and squares adorn the pilasters and archivolts. The cupola and the main tympana are ornamented with zig-zag patterns and white crosses, superimposed on red medallions. Large red roses decorate the extremities and the transept.
The dominating color is ochre and at places, where the surface had peeled off, one may see traces of the original, archaic designs executed in red, during the period of iconoclasm. The protraits of the saints are inscribed in archaic Greek.
The Church with Apple is located on the summit of a rugged cliff, a part of which had collapsed into the ravine; the facade and the vestibule. In the nave, four irregularly placed columns are still standing on plinths. The church has three apses with a seat on the right side of each apse and a long bench along the wall.
Above the columns are the four apostles: John, Matthews, Mark and Luke. In the arches five portraits carry the names: Jonas, Moses, Daniel, Elias and David.