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One Thousand and One Nights

Open Sesame!

Gate into the hill: Looking inside hidden cave churchTokali of ancient Cappadocia in a natural volcanic rock hill at GöremeOpen Air Museum.

The horseshoe arch, also called the Moorish arch and the Keyhole arch, is the emblematic arch of Islamic architecture. They were formerly constructed in Visigothic Spain. Horseshoe arches can take rounded, pointed or lobed form. So how come we see moorish arches in early christian cave church?

Lost Language Lycian

Lycian Script on Xanthos Stele.

Lycian language Trm̃mili refers to the inscriptional language of ancient Lycia, populated by Lycians, as well as its presumed spoken counterpart.

Lycia covered the region lying between the modern cities of Antalya and Fethiye in southern Turkey, and especially the mountainous headland between Fethiye Bay and the Gulf of Antalya. The Lukka, as they were referred to in ancient Egyptian sources which mentions them among the Sea Peoples, probably also inhabited the region called Lycaonia, located along the next headland to the east, also mountainous, between the modern cities of Antalya and Mersin.