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“Interesting history”
Review of St Pierre Kilisesi

St Pierre Kilisesi
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Antakya
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Owner description: Первая христианская церковь
Panama City, Florida
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“Interesting history”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Whether or not you accept/believe that this was one of the first Christian churches, it is an interesting bit of archaeology and architecture. Read a little of the reported history before going to help you understand what you're seeing. Most interesting to me was standing at the entrance door and looking back at the city seeing the minarets sticking up. It seems like Christianity and Islam have co-existed here for centuries and the locals don't seem to mind.

Visited June 2012
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“The only Historical Christian Spot”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

I went to Antioch of Acts 11 and Acts 13:1 just to get a good feeling of the First Century Church. I happened to be there on a Monday and this place was closed. So I just went till the gate and peeped inside. There is a fee for entry on the open days.

Visited September 2012
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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“Inspiring!”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

When you climb up the stairways to reach the entrance you see window-like holes in the mountain. When you get inside the church, you find a small hole (only one person can fit at once) at the back side which goes up; to the window-like area, which i think is a shelter or something. I've tried to climb up that way and reached to end of it as well. Unfortunately, after around 7 metres the way was blocked and could not proceed more. But still, it is a perfect place to visit.

Visited July 2012
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Ankara, Turkey
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“Small cave church”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

A lot of history at the church. Very small and simple. Easy to visit. Note visitors must be able to climb steps to visit the church. Nice views of Antakya.

Visited April 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“First Christians”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

The church is a cave church and the facade of the cave dates 1000 years after it was used by early Christians. Barnabas and Paul the Apostle from Tarsus are believed to work here for Christian community, and there the converts were called Christians for the first time in history.

Visited May 2011
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