Church of St Simeon - Pasabagi, Turkey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
N 38° 40.605 E 034° 51.362
36S E 661451 N 4282540
Quick Description: St. Simeon Church at Pasabagi
Location: Turkey
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 11:16:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMFZ6B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
Pasabagi is also known as "Monk's Valley" because of its popularity as a retreat for stylites and hermits who distanced themselves from the world by cutting into and living in fairy chimneys.

The hermitage of Simeon monks was also here. Church (or chapel) dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon), and a hermit's shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. The entrance of the cell is decorated with antithetical crosses. Saint Simeon was living in seclusion near Aleppo in the 5th century, when rumors that he made miracles started to spread. Disturbed by all the attention, he began to live at the top of a 2m high column, and later moved to one 15m in height. From there he only descended occasionally to get food and drink brought by his disciples. The hermits of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting into fairy chimneys rather than living on top of columns. They hollowed out the chimneys from bottom to top creating rooms at 10-15m high.

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Building Materials: Stone

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