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Saint Polycarp Church

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Address: Izmir, Turkey
Description: This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the...
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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Historic Roman Catholic Church

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Discipline doesnt mean to insult religious feelings! She is just impolite. Thats it! Visit was ruined just because of her treat dispite of group reservation. Just beware!

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ensenada,mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We wanted to visit this wonderful and historic Church this month when we were at Izmir, but a nun, not very polite, just answer the inter phone when we rang the bell and told us that it was not possible to visiting it if we were not a group !!! that was very desagreable !!! we travelled a long way... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

we couldn't go inside it was closed and the man who was sitting there told us that it's not a museum and is not open to see ... even if it is still a church not a museum it must be open during the day ! if it's not a place to see so it should not be in the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Our hotel in Selcuk called this place to make an arrangement for our visit. The answering nun (?) told him that they will only accept a group of at least 15 people. But we are only a couple. When we arrived in Izmir, our Izmir hotel suggested that we go there and ring the bell. So, we went to St.... More 

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Fort Worth,Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Izmir, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Turkish Aegean Coast  >  Izmir Province  >  Izmir

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