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Address: Hatay, Antakya, Turkey
Phone Number: 903262149217
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Oldest church in the world

I keep a 4 star and not 5 because it is very small and requires only 5 minutes to visit. But it is definitely worth it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gaziantep, Turkey
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Gaziantep, Turkey
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51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I keep a 4 star and not 5 because it is very small and requires only 5 minutes to visit. But it is definitely worth it!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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79 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I am sure the historical background of the church may be the interesting point why people want to visit. I've seen religious group visit from different countries. There is a tunnel linking to the other side of the mountain to save the people in case of any attacks. Outside the church, there is a path to see the view of... More 

Thank Lanni_12
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Interesting and lovely views from the plaza. Small and well kept grounds. The down side is it is out of the way...

Thank Ken152
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Impressive piece of history which as you can imagine is significant although a small attraction. The church is a cave carved into the mountainside on Mount Starius with a depth of 13 m (42 ft.), a width of 9.5 m (31 ft.) and a height of 7 m (23 ft). Some believe this church was used by the very first... More 

Thank Paul G
Bergamo, Italy
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I reached St Pierre Kilisesi after a very long walk in the sun and heat and I was quite disappointed: being the first christian church, expectations where high, but there seems not to be any maintanance in the place even though you have to pay to enter. There is more effort in running the expensive souvenir shop than the church... More 

Thank Valentina L
Istanbul, Turkey
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

The place is located around high mountains as it was built to help people hide from invaders. There are busses with number 19 from the city center. It's only 1.75. If you have maximum credit card or a Turkish museum pass, the entrance is free of charge. Do not expect a Middle Age style ostentatious church. It was build almost... More 

Thank OnurUral
Paris, France
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A cave, memories, today a historic site well-kept, not so, easy access if not with a taxi. A landmark in development, like other aspects of the city. But still genuine.

Thank Jean-Pierre B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

one stone two birds. great ancient bible related site, and great view to the city. be careful about the traffic if you are going drive. the uphill road is narrow on the turns

Thank SK L
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I took my parents to visit the ancient church. They were quite taken by it and it is clearly a 'must' to visit it when you are in the Hatay area. However, the site could be much much more. For example, directions to get there are quite good but not clear enough at the end; for example where to park... More 

Thank Ibn_Batutas
Santa Monica, California
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64 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A must see when visiting Antakya. The church as been recently restored. Incredible to witness the old architecture and feel the history.

Thank smadhure

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