Byzantine Murals from the 6th to 13th Centuries
Text by Catherine Jolivet-Levy
Photographs by Ahmet Ertug

The architectural and artistic patrimony of Cappadocia is unique in the world. This book seeks to heighten the reader's awareness of the artistic wealth and architectural diversity of Cappadocia, focusing in particular on the murals that adorn its churches and sanctuaries. Nineteen structures are presented in this volume. They were chosen mainly for the quality of their murals some of which rank among the most important treasures of the Byzantine and Medieval heritages. The superb photographs of Ahmet Ertug meticulously capture the interiors of these wonderful churches in astonishing detail, many of them in remote and all but inaccessible locations.

These extraordinary images are accompanied by an authoritative and highly readable text by Catherine Joliet-Levy of Paris University, a respected specialist with thirty years of research and publications on the cultural heritage of Byzantine and Medieval Cappadocia. The result is a splendid book that guides the reader towards a deeper appreciation of the region and a better understanding of its art and history.

Designed in landscape format (35x 48cms), the book has 192 pages. There are 141 color plates, some presented as double page spreads, and 57 pages of text. Each image plate has a descriptive text. Hardbound covered with Japanese cloth, presented in a special case.

This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.

Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008