Briefly Antioch ; for those who are short in time
DAY 1 KAYSERÝ-ANTIOCH ON A OVERNIGHT BUS
DAY 2 ARRIVAL AT ANTIOCH TRANSFER TO SAMANDAG
DAY 3 FULL DAY CHILL OUT ON THE BEACH(reading,eating,drinking….)
DAY 4 VISITING TITUS TUNNEL,ANCIENT RUINS,VAKIFLI-Armenian-VILLAGE
DAY 5 FULL DAY IN ANTIOCH CITY CENTRE (Mosaic Museum , St. Peter Chruch,A real lunch experience (and dessert)On the way back to Samandað : St. Simeon church.
STILL DAY 5 INVADE IN A ARABIC WEDDING SEREMONY-WHICH WAS FUN
DAY 6 ALL DAY CHILL OUT AGAIN , WE DONT WANT TO LEAVE BUT HAD TO GO…
The surprising thing about one of Christianity's most sacred sights is that it gets few visitors. When I visited St. Peter's Church, there was no one else there.
The church is a cave naturally carved out of the mountains. It was a secret meeting place for early Christians. While residing in Antioch from 47-54 A.D, St. Peter preached and taught in the cave. It is now recognized as being Christianity's first church. The apostles Paul and Barnabas were also among the group of early Christians who preached there. One of the key features of the cave was a tunnel which provided an escape route in case of danger. The small tunnel, which still exists, leads upward about 50 feet above the church. There is also a natural spring inside the cave.
When the Crusaders captured Antioch in 1098, they built the external facade seen today. Other additions included an altar and a mosaic tile floor. The only part of the tiles remaining is near the entrance.
There is an admission fee to enter the church.
At emperor Antiochos time there was a plague epidemia. That's why people started to make a sculpture on the mountain. Epidemia ended and they didn't finish to sculpture.
This museum is one of the best mosaic museum like Gaziantep mosaic museum
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