Turkey

Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey is a country that is a cultural mix of East and West and historically diverse. 

From the Trojans, to the Mongols, Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans, many major empires and cultures have left their mark on modern-day Turkey.

 

Highlights of touring in Turkey

Istanbul

Previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul was founded in 330 BC and played an important role in the history of both Europe and Asia. Its colorful history is visible throughout the city.

  • Don’t miss Topkapi Palace the former imperial residence of Ottoman sultans
  • Enter St. Sophia the magnificent Byzantine Church
  • Visit the Blue Mosque built in the 17th century famous for its blue tiling and six minarets
  • Wander through the Grand Bazaar and shop for jewelry, leather, carpets and more
  • Take a boat ride between Europe and Asia on the Bosporus

Esphesus

In the 1st century BC, Esphesus was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world and also known as one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation. Visit the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Ruins (Theatre, Celsius Library, Agora, Odeon, Domitianus Temple, Trajan Fountain, Roman Latrine) and visit the House of Virgin Mary. 

7 Churches of Revelation

The seven major churches of Early Christianity, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation and written to by John the Apostle are found in Turkey.

The seven churches are located in:

  • Ephesus (Metropolis of Ephesus)
  • Smyrna (Metropolis of Smyrna)
  • Pergamon (Metropolis of Pergamon)
  • Thyatira
  • Sardis (See of Sardis)
  • Metropolis of Philadelphia
  • Laodicea

Journeys of Paul

Follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul around Turkey and retrace his travels and ministries, from his birthplace in Eastern Turkey to the places throughout the country that he visited.

  • Pisidian AntiochRuin; visited by St. Paul on his First Missionary Journey
  • Tarsus; the birthplace of Paul the apostle
  • Thyatira; Paul visited this early center of Christianity several times