The Karanlık Kilis is a part of the Göreme Open-Air Museum and is one of the five ancient churches of the museum, having been carved out of rock. It is famed for its fascinating architectural elements and stunning artwork that adorn its interiors. It is also known as the Dark Church due to the dim lighting inside the building which originally had very few windows. A number of bright and colourful frescoes can be observed on the interiors portraying a number of different scenes from the bible. These frescoes date back to the Byzantine period in the 11th century and are considered to be amongst some of the best-preserved frescoes in the world. The entrance to the Karanlık Kilis itself is through a long and winding tunnel and charges an extra admission fee in order to enter.
Entrance tickets cost around 8TL (in addition to the entrance cost of the museum)
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests
The frescoes on the wall and the rock architecture
Though access to designated prayer room facilities near Karanlık Kilis might not be available, there are a few mosques near Karanlık Kilis, in Göreme, that Muslim travellers could go to during prayer times. In addition to visiting the mosques in Göreme , it is also possible to enquire for a private space that can be made use of during prayer times.
Finding Halal food near Karanlık Kilis will be easy. There are a few eateries and Halal restaurants near Karanlık Kilis for Muslim travellers. Muslim travellers could also visit some of the Halal restaurants near Karanlık Kilis in the Göreme city centre.