A Masterpiece of Early Christian Architecture
MERSIN/Mut Alahan Monastery
Date of submission to the Tentative World Heritage List: 25/02/2000
List Reference: 1398
Alahan Monastery is on the road of Mut-Karaman, about 20 km away from Mut and 3 km far from the main road.The monastery and its adjoining structures lie at a distance of one hour's walk from the small village of Alahan. The group of buildings consists of small cells for the monks placed in theree churches and in the rocks linked by a straight line of columns. The building complex streches along the side of the mountain and covers an area of 30x200 m's. The existing cultural remains demonstrate that the complex was surrounded by small houses. It is quite possible that the monastery official, and monks lived in these houses.