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Saint Polycarp Church

Izmir, Turkey
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Ranked #10 of 89 Attractions in Izmir
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: St Polycarp's Church in Izmir is right across from the Izmir Hilton. The church is surrounded by a high fence and not open to the public. You must... more »
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Santa Cruz, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

A very beautiful church with a sweet spirit. It isn't open to the public for security reasons, so you'll have to make arrangements with the sisters to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This church was part of our seven churches of revelation from the bible visit. Its a beautiful church even from outside but protected by walls and gates. Its sad but worth to go see it. St.polycarp was converted by john and became the bishop of smyrna. He was martyred by the romans when he was 86 stabbed to death. Its... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I tried to visit the church on my own but it was not possible. It seems that a visit needs to be arranged in advance which is a pity. The current church building is from 1620 many, many years after Polycarp of Smyrna lived (69AD-155AD). Nevertheless it is a significant historical landmark pointing to the martyrdom of Polycarp for his... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Beautiful to see from the outside, as well as inside. Lots of detail and very spiritual. Beautiful and full of history. Makes beautiful photos and its a gem, to see in a country mixed with so much history and modern ideas. Definalty, a place to visit caputre this gem. Small but beautiful and very eye catchy. Definatly visit if u... More

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Athens, Greece
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Really felt lucky to make it inside the church upon my third visit to Izmir. Terrific church, ambience, colours, paintings.. Makes one travel back in time and consider howbeautiful the churches of the city have been before the Great Fire...

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Not to be missed. This is the oldest church in Izmir, the ancient city of Smyrma, one of the Seven Churches in St John's Revelation. Named after St Polycarp, one of the martyrs in mid 2nd century.

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Seems as though this place is only for 'special' people. As an individual traveller (Feb. 2013), I tried to see the interior of this place a couple of times. But -- first I had to check in with a security guard in a little 'hut' outside the church. He then motioned me over to a 'telecom' device just outside the... More

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Izmir, Turkey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
48 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

located across the Hilton hotelis catholic church beautiful but unfriendly lady working there but fathers are great help welcoming you If you are with a group to visit please ask for appointment before

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Samos, Greece
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a small Greek church near the Hilton. St. Polycarp, translated means produces many works in Greek. The patron saint for creative productive types! If you are walking in the Hilton waterfront area you might give it a look!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We had Mass while here, so my review is based on that. Beautiful church!

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