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Small, but well-preserved piece of history

Although some necessary renovation has been done, the work was carried out well to preserve and... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
CA_fruitfly_42
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Istanbul, Turkey
Small in scale, but impressive for the history

The church itself is actually a one-room cave. While not large, it is impressive to stand in a... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
J H
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Hatay, Antakya, Turkey
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

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

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Peter went here to tell the story of Jesus and Christianity. The basis would become this hole in the mountain, but since those days much more elaborate. You feel the ancient meaning.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This is called the oldest church in history, but most of what you see is only about 900 years old from when the Crusaders were defending Antioch. Definitely worth coming to see.

Thank BJ R
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This place bears so much meaning for the Christian world, yet it's somewhat spoilt by the entrance fee that seems so exaggerated...

Thank Łukasz K
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank J H
Reviewed 13 June 2017

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

1  Thank Lauren O
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank SkyTurk
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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.

Thank Throy
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

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.

1  Thank Yalçın K
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The old stone church is a really beautiful building, apparently the first Christian church built, it goes right into the rock face and really does make goose bumps !!!!

1  Thank kayaMidEngland
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