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Although some necessary renovation has been done, the work was carried out well to preserve and integrate the remnants, while providing a sense of the space as it might have been when used as the first communal meeting space of the early Christian civilization in...More
The church itself is actually a one-room cave. While not large, it is impressive to stand in a space that was used by early Christians almost 2000 years ago and is specifically mentioned in the Bible. There are tunnels that lead out of the back...More
This is an incredibly important piece of history of Christianity. It is told that this is where the term "christians" was first used, and is one of the first churches ever created. You can even see the remaining pool created by water trickling down from...More
Although its importance for the history of religions, this ancient church caved into mountain is a small place to visit. You can visit just to witness to a part of history but entree fee is high for this short visit.
Unusually for Turkey this ancient site is not really worth the entrance fee unless you are very religious. There is not much to see and very little information provided. If I was pressed for time I would not bother with this one.
I visited this place twice in 2 city trips to Antakya. The church is good, around the church should be cleaner. Walking there from the city in a good weather was awesome if you like city walks. It has a nice city view too.