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Some of its decorations.

Here's what I read about the faces of the paintings, and you can see many more examples in the Open Air Museum pictures.

There are two main reasons for the faces to be scratched out of these paintings. First, during the Iconoclast Period (8th to 9th centuries) icons and other figurative representations were prohibited. Around here the earliest painted churches go back to the 4th century so the Iconoclasts went around getting rid of the faces. Second, the Muslims took over, and they too went about getting rid of the faces.

Here's what I wonder - why were they so seemingly random and ineffective? None of this has been restored, some faces are gone and many survive.
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