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Frig Vadisi Magaralari

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Frig Vadisi Magaralari
Type:
Cave
Altitude:
m
Depth:
m
Length:
m
Region:
Aegean
Province:
KŁtahya
District:
Merkez
Village:
Ovacik

     


Location: It is located in the Inlice Quarter of the Ovacik Village which is the latest village of KŁtahya on the cross borders of KŁtahya; Afyon and Eskisehir provinces; 55 km far from KŁtahya.
Structural Properties and formation :
Research History:
Findings: There are hundreds of caves for sheltering and surviving purposes; and hard carved rock graves in the Phrygian Valley covering a very large area. Two churches were uncovered in the first region of rocks. Called as Tekli (Single) Church and Ciftli (Double) Church; these churches have frescos painted on the walls as well as some inscriptions by madder. Furthermore; motifs of meander and symbols of cross are found. The valley was inhabited by Phrygians in 500-600 B.C.; and then by Byzantians. The Deliktas Castle; being studied in two sections; had also been inhabited by Phrygians and Byzantians. The cavities were carved for sheltering and defensive purposes. There is a very big church; and also many rooms interconnected to each other via hidden passages and corridors. The upper part was carved like walls of a castle. The third region is another natural castle; which is called Penteser Castle. Again carved for defensive purposes; this region houses many graves and caves. Also; the natural structure of the rocks in the valley surrounded by pine forests is comparable with Cappodocia.


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