Alahan Monastery

Local nameAlahan Manastırı
LocationMersin, Turkey

Alahan Monastery is a complex of fifth century buildings located in the mountains of Isauria in southern Asia Minor. Located at an altitude of 4,000 ft, it stands 3,000 ft over the Calycadnus valley and is a one-hour walking distance from the village of Geçimli. Although termed a monastery in many sources, this attribution is contested and more recent scholarship consider it to be a pilgrimage shrine. The complex played a significant role in the development of early Byzantine architecture, and practically everything known about it can be attributed to the excavations of Michael Gough.

Tags OrthodoxPlace of WorshipChristianRuins
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The deserted Alahan… @ U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps

More information and contact


UNESCO Website

Address 33600, Turkey

Coordinates 36°47'28.93" N 33°21'13.063" E

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