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BIBLICAL TOUR IN TURKEY
Warm welcome at the airport and leisure time for the restof the day.
We will start the morning by exploring the interesting sites
preserved in Ancient Smyrna (1/7)
Ancient Ephesus was St. Paul’s headquarters for some time.
Apart from the extensive Hellenistic remains, there is the
church in which the Council of Ephesus was held in AD 431.
After lunch there will be time to see the so-called House
of the Virgin Mary and Asayaluk Hill where the
emperor Constantine built a huge church dedicated to St.
John the Evangelist. John lived in that region and had
jurisdiction over the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in
the Apocalypse (2/7). We return to our hotel in Kusadasi
in time for dinner and overnight.
Leaving Kusadasi we drive to Sardis (3/7), the main
feature of which is the once celebrated Temple of
Artemis built by King Croesus. Afterwards we visit
another of the Seven Churches, Philadelphia (4/7). En
route to Pamukkale we call at Laodicia (5/7). We arrive in
Pamukkale in time for dinner and overnight stay
After breakfast in Pammukale we will visit the travertines,
white terraced pools formed by the calcium-rich mineral
waters. Then we drive to Thyatira (6/7) to see what
remains of the ancient city. We continue to Pergamon,
spectacularly situated on a steep mountain spur, and the
Acropolis (7/7) and the subterranean Asclepion, the
ancient medical centre. We continue to Assos.
We’ll proceed to Alexandria Troya on the track of one of
St. Paul’s trips. Discover Troy antique city immortalized in
the Iliad of Homer. Continue to Bursa which was the first
capital of the Ottoman Empire and visit the Grand Mosque
and Silk Bazaar.
Nicea is the city where one of the Eucumenical Councils took
place; explore the remains of Saint Sophia church, roman
city walls and enjoy a lunch by Iznik Lake. In the afternoon,
take the car ferry to cross Izmit Bay and arrive in Istanbul.
We take a cruise along the Asian and European coasts
of the Bosphorus which not only affords lovely views of
Istanbul from the sea but also enables us to see the many
Turkish-style historic houses along the shore. We visit
Saint Saviour in Chora, a small church containing
some of the most stunning Byzantine mosaics in
We hope you will capture many memories and Have a