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St Pierre Kilisesi

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Address: Hatay, Antakya, Turkey
Phone Number: 903262149217

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1st Meeting place

On a hillside on the outskirts of the town is the Sen Piyer Kilisesi, the Church of Saint Peter. Luke the Evangelist is said to have preached here in the cave chapel and Paul and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2016
Mugla, Turkey
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Took a quick stroll to the top of the hill where we found this little cave with the oldest church in the region. Well maintained & the view from the terrace is a breath taking overlooking Antakya.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Fascinating historical significance to enter the FIRST church of CHRIST with St Peter, Paul, and Luke. Humiliating to stand in this spartan cave where these first great Christians stood and prayed to God. I drank from the natural well where these first Christians also drank and baptized. WONDERFUL AND VERY ENRICHING FOR THE SPIRIT AND SOUL.

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Mugla, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

On a hillside on the outskirts of the town is the Sen Piyer Kilisesi, the Church of Saint Peter. Luke the Evangelist is said to have preached here in the cave chapel and Paul and Barnabas set off from here on the first of their missionary journey's. This was the first meeting place of the early Christian community and is... More 

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Antakya, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Its an amazing place to be. Knowing that Christianity sprouted from this location, is an amazing feeling. I am happy that i was able to be in Hatay and visit this place.

Thank Junaid M
Gaziantep, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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...

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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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 

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Bergamo, Italy
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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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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 

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