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Carikli Church

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This church is reached via an open staircase and the only source of natural light for the interior is through the entrance. Named after the carik (sandal) marks on the floor, the nartex is in ruins. The subject matter of the frescos is typical of these churches. The artist appears to have used the frescos of the Karanlik church as a model in places. These three churches- Karanlik, Elmali and Carikli- probably date the same period.

In the centre of the dome is a fresco of Chirist Pantocrator, with busts of angle in madelions surrounding it and portraits of the four evangelists in the pendentives. A Deisis on the main apse wall is flanked by six saints.

The figures of the Madonna and Child are in the northern apse and a bust of St. Michael in the southern. Other frescos include scenes from the Christ cycle: the Nativity, the Babtism of Christ, the Transfiguration, the Raising of Lazarus, the Entrance into Jerusalem, the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, Three Women at the Tomb, Christ on Mount Olives and the Ascension.

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