PHOTO: M. Garedakis

Documenting Cappadocia is a bibliography, blog, gallery, and online community aimed at scholars and researchers of Byzantine art and history. This project’s goal is to bridge the gap between commercial sources and published academic research by providing a scholarly introduction to the area.


Documenting Cappadocia is supported by the New Media Lab in the Center for Media and Learning at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is part of wider GC Digital Initiatives. It was part of the NEH-funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) in 2012.

The site was created by A.L. McMichael, a PhD candidate in Early Christian and Byzantine art history. She was awarded a GC Digital Fellowship in 2012, and the Swarzenski Fellowship in Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. Her Cappadocian research has also been supported by Koç University’s Cappadocia in Context workshop. Her work explores how to effectively convey medieval architecture and spaces to viewers in museums and classrooms.

This website was built in WordPress using Portfolio theme by Theme Foundry. The Map of Cappadocia regions and landscape features was built using a MapsMarker WordPress plugin that runs on Open Street Maps using Leaflet Javascript library.

Rights information

This site was created with a general commitment to openness and Open Access and is free to read, thanks to the support of the New Media Lab.

Photos that do not have captions are licensed via CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial) license. To reuse these, you must credit “A.L. McMichael (Documenting Cappadocia).” I also recognize that academic publications may have a commercial component; feel free to email amcmichael[at] if you would like to request additional uses of the images. Some may be available at higher resolutions.

All other photos, media, or data with captions or credits to other sources are property of their respective owners. Documenting Cappadocia does not assert ownership of or grant or retain rights to any of the images linked to or displayed here from outside sources. All images and content remain property of their respective owners.

Documenting Cappadocia encourages fair use of data and images as described in the College Art Association Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in the Visual Arts or “Visual Resources Association: Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study,” (VRA Bulletin, Vol 38: 1).

Opinions represent the views of individual contributors and not necessarily those of supporting institutions.


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For explanations of various sections of this website, see the Finding Aid. For a list of pages and posts with a Search box, see the Site Map.