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Saint Polycarp Church

Address: Izmir, Turkey
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Ranked #15 of 65 Attractions in Izmir
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the city. It was named after...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the city. It was named after St. Polycarp, the first bishop of Smyrna who was burned at the stake.
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Fort Worth,Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Named for the revered, martyred (c.155 CE) bishop of Smyrna, St. Polycarp, is the oldest church in Izmir (ancient Symrna). Reconstructed in the early 1600s, the oranate sanctuary depicts Polycarp's life of service and sacrifice, as wells as honoring additional Christian saints. Visits to the church outside times for worship are by special arrangement.

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Canberra
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I heard that the church was worth a visit, but unfortunately it was closed (and on a Sunday!??), although we went there within their stated opening hours - very disappointing to have made an effort and only see closed gates/doors. There are other churches around the area that are worth visiting and were open.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Reconstructed in 1620, this is the most ancient church in Smyrna (today's Izmir) The church is very beautiful (even from the outside) but not easy to gain access unless some prior arrangement has been made. We travelled in a group but we could only view the church from the outside.

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Ariano Irpino, Italy
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a fantastic Church of Christianity in a muslem country..Wonderful pictures, great statues and a wonderful copy of Shroud of Turin....I give thank' to mother Emanuela and to the arcibishop Franceschini, lovely peoples

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Billericay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went to a service in this beautiful and newly refurbished Orthodox church. The interior is light, cool, airy, and has a calm and inspiring atmosphere. This was one of the high points of our visit to Izmir.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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texas
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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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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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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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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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