The Hidden Church
(Sakli Kilise)
Crucifixion. Sakli Kilise, Chapel 2A, Göreme, Cappadocia


The Hidden Church can only be reached by climbing a ridge of soft crumbling rock above a steep drop, into a cave carved into the cliffside. It has therefore had little damage done to the murals. One of these is a crucifixion scene with two soldiers and a centurion.


Two military saints -  Both are wearing lamellar klibania with armoured sleeves, and both are armed with spear and sword.


A further armoured figure can also be seen in the church; unfortunately the lower part of the painting has been destroyed. He is obviously a military saint - there is an inscription showing his name, but I have not been able to read it.
by Steven Lowe



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See also Warrior Saints, Serpent Church, Göreme, Cappadocia, Byzantine, 11th-12th centuries
Other Byzantine Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers