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Turkey

Ancient Biblical places
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Christianity has a long history in Turkey which is the birth place of numerous Christian Apostles and Saints, such as Apostle Paul of Tarsus, St. Nicholas of Myra, St. Polycarp of Smyrna and many others. Turkey is also home to the Seven Churches of Asia, where the Revelations to John were sent. All of the first seven Ecumenical Councils which are recognized by both the Western and Eastern churches were also held in present-day Turkey.We invite you to discover Christian or Jewish Heritage.

Turkey
Biblical Tour.

This unique experience will bring the bible and early church history to life. See some of the most amazing cities and landscapes in the world, visit stunning Cappadocia, enjoy the culture and cuisine of these fascinating cities. We will walk in the footsteps of Paul’s First and Second Missionary Journey and visit the Churches of the Revelation to be enriched as we better understand the world of the bible.

SMYRNA

We visit the ancient Smyrna; poor and persecuted, the church at Smyrna suffered amidst prosperity for its refusal to worship the Roman Emperor. This proved to be the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor.



PERGAMUM

Revelation 2:12-16 describes the city as “where Satan’s seat is”, a reference to the altar of Zeus, where we pause for reflection on the fulfillment of Scripture. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church.

THYATIRA

Thyatira was once a busy trading center and famous in dyeing of purple clothes. Thyatira is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18-29).

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Seven Churches
In Revelation

Sardis

Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus told Sardis, “I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest, and art dead”(Rev. 3: 1-6). Coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated in Sardis. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7-13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them “the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem.” (Rev.3: 12)

Laodicea

The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches, (Rev. 3: 14-22) were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot” (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21)

EPHESUS

Full day tour of Ephesus; Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade bordered streets. The St. Paul’s first visit to Ephesus was brief – during his second missionary tour (Acts 18:19-21)

Other Places to Visit

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Ancient Turkey History & Map

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Bible Persons Asia Minor

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Prison of St. Paul in Ephesus

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Old & New testament Places

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Seven Churches of St. John

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Missionary Journeys of St Paul.

Discover Turkey

Few people know that about 60% of the places mentioned in the Bible are located in Turkey. According to the Old Testament, Noah, his children and the animals he saved in the ark started the repopulation of the Earth from Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey. Abraham’s call to greatness came in Harran, in southeast Turkey. This city was called Ur of the Chaldeans. Archaeologists discovered that the Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians and many other nations who were important to the Old Testament once lived here. The people of the Bible have left records of their activities in Anatolia from Noah to St. Paul’s time. Here in Anatolia there are 2 rivers rising that bounded Eden. Almost all of the Old Testament Sites mentioned in the Bible are located in the Eastern or South Eastern Turkey which may also be called Northern Mesopotamia. Each of the members of Noahs family is represented in Anatolia. They have left aqueducts, fortresses, burial mounds, commercial records, bas-reliefs and even household furnishings. Some of these are still ion spot, others can be seen in the museums, particularly the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Visit the ancient city of Egypt.

Egypt is mentioned throughout the Bible with tales of the Great Exodus and the flight of the Children of Israel into the land of the Pharaohs.