Akdamar Church - Eastern Anatolia
Akdamar Church or Church of the Holy Cross is a ruined Armenian cathedral in Eastern Anatolia. It is situated on a small island in the beautiful mountain setting of Lake Van, the Akdamar church dates from the 10th century. The Church of the Holy Cross was once an important Armenian cathedral. The Church of the Holy Cross was the seat of an Armenian patriarch from 1116 to 1895, after which it was abandoned due to conflict between Armenia and the Ottoman Empire. The cathedral was restored by the Turkish government beginning in May 2005.
Alaeddin Mosque - Konya
The Alaeddin Mosque (also spelled Alaettin) is the largest and oldest mosque in Konya, constructed by the Seljuk Sultan of Rum in 1221. The Alaeddin Mosque has some interesting architectural features, such as columns of different sizes and decorations incorporated from different periods. The interior includes a tomb chamber with the sarcophagi of a dozen Seljuk sultans.
Antioch is the place where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. In the later history of Antioch, 10 assemblies of the church were held there, and it became the residence of Patriarch of Asia.
Aphrodisias is one of the oldest sacred places in Turkey, it is dedicated to the Mother Goddess Aphrodite, it was the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite. Aphrodisias also offers ruins of a large theater, a stadium and other structures, as well as an on-site museum displaying artifacts.
Basilica of St. John - Ephesus
The Basilica of St. John was a great church in Ephesus. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist, author of the Fourth Gospel and Revelation, and prophet.
Blue Mosque - Istanbul
The Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") is located Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagias Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. The two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square. One of the most notable features of the Blue Mosque is its six minarets. This is very unique, as most mosques have four, two, or just one minaret.
Cave Church of St. Peter - Antioch
The Cave Church of St. Peter (also the Grotto of St. Peter) is an ancient cave church with a stone facade, located outside Antioch in modern Antakya, Turkey. This cave is believed to have been dug by the Apostle Peter himself as a place for the early Christian community of Antioch to meet, and thus to be the very first Christian church.
Cave of the Seven Sleepers - Ephesus
The Cave of the Seven Sleepers is located about .8km away from Ephesus. The "Seven Sleepers" were seven young men who hide themselves in a cave during the persecutions against the Christians (c.250). They fell asleep, miraculously waking up around 435 in the time of Theodosius II. The seven men wandered into the city of Ephesus, watching surprised at all the churches and the freedom of worship for Christians. The Sleepers later died naturally and were buried in the cave in which they had slept..
Church of Mary - Ephesus
The Church of Mary is a church of great historical significance located in Ephesus. It is also known as the Double Church, because it is thought one aisle was dedicated to the Virgin and the other to St. John, and the Council Church because the Council of Ephesus is believed to have been held here.
Church of St. Nicholas - Myra
The Church of St. Nicholas in ancient Myra (modern Kale or Demre) is a ruined Byzantine church containing the tomb of St. Nicholas of Myra.
Didyma - Western Anatolia
Didyma located on the west coast of Turkey, was an important sacred site in the ancient Greek world. Its famous oracle and Temple of Apollo attracted crowds of pilgrims. Today, the temple's mysterious ruins still attract thousands of visitors - Didyma is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey.
Fatih Mosque - Istanbul
The Fatih Mosque in Istanbul is important because of its resident, Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih Mehmet). The Fatih Mosque was constructed between 1462 and 1470 by Sultan Fatih Mehmet ("Mehmet the Conqueror"; 1432-81), who took Constantinople in 1453.
Grotto of St. Paul - Ephesus
The Grotto of St. Paul or Cave of St. Paul is a cave in Ephesus that contains important Early Christian frescoes and inscriptions. The Grotto of St Paul has been a Christian sacred site since the 1st or 2nd century. Possibly associated with a legend of St Pauls ministry in Ephesus.
Hagias Sophia- Istanbul
The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagias Sophia in Greek is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagias Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Hagias Sophia was built by the first Christian Emperor Constantine the Great.
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