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Biblical Turkey


General Explanation About The Importance Of Turkey

Turkey is one of a few countries where all three religions have co-existed peacefully for centuries. Turkey has been vital in the history of the three major religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam. There are many important sites in Turkey of interest to people of all faiths.

Many important events had taken place, many important people had lived on the lands of Turkey.  The book of Relevation concerns God's judgements and Christians' finalities Paul, John, Polycarp, Basil (who have been in Turkey) and all the rest were trying to prevent the disintegration of Christianity by clarifying and sharpening the alternatives facing Christians.

More and more people are discovering the important role Asia Minor (Turkey) played in the history of Christianity. Travelers can discover many magnificent churches, some nearly as old as Christianity itself and can retrace the footsteps of Saints Peter and Paul from the Biblical city of Antioch to the underground churches of Cappadocia. Many of the most important events in Christian history occurred in Turkey. Born in Tarsus, the Apostle Paul spread the word of Jesus Christ across Asia Minor, expanding Christianity's reach from a predominantly Jewish base to Gentile communities.

Their ancient names - Ephesus (Efes), Smyrna (Izmir), Thyatira (Akhisar), Sardis (Sart), Philadelphia (Alasehir), Laodecia (Eskihisar) and Pergamum (Bergama) are familiar from the New Testament's Book of Revelation.

Ephesus, perhaps the most prominent of the Seven Churches, is where St. Paul wrote his letters to the Ephesians and where St. John the Evangelist brought the Virgin Mary to spend her last years. The Vatican recognizes the Virgin Mary's house, located in the hills near Ephesus, as a shrine. Just outside Ephesus, in Selcuk, is the Basilica of St. John where he preached and is believed to be buried.

Many other regions in Turkey offer a wealth of attractions to the Christian traveler. St. Nicholas was born and lived in Demre on the Mediterranean coast. A church dedicated to the original Santa Claus still stands. Visitors to the biblical area of Cappadocia, located in Central Anatolia, can explore more than thousands of carved rock churches beautifully decorated with frescoes depicting early Christian motifs, and a seven-story underground city where Christians took refuge from their persecutors.

Highlights of Turkey's many treasures include the spectacular Byzantine churches & beautiful mosques of Istanbul; the ruins of the fabled city of Pergamum on its windswept hilltop; the holy city of Konya where Dervishes still whirl; the extraordinary landscape & cave dwellings of Cappadocia; the great theatre of ancient Ephesus; the magnificent beaches of the Aegean & Mediterranean with signs of ancient civilizations at every turn & so much more...

Seven Church of Revelation

Seven Church Of Revelation

...I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, 'Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.'

(Rv 1:10-11)

Church tradition indicates that the St. John moved to Ephesus with many Palestinian Christians around A.D. 65 before the fall of Jerusalem in 70. During Nero’s persecution against Christians in Rome at that time, both St. Peter and St. Paul were martyred in Rome. As the leader of the Asian church St. John was targeted by Roman authorities and exiled to Patmos(Rev. 1:9).

While on the island St. John received his apocalyptic vision about the spiritual situation of seven churches in Asian as well as about the future of the church and the world (1:10–11, 19). The order of the seven churches—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea—follows a route that a messenger would naturally follow in visiting the cities. During St. Paul’s ministry in Ephesus many churches were established in Asia.

Hence these seven churches seem to represent many other churches that were in Asia at the time (e.g., Miletos, Troas, Assos, Cyzicus, Magnesia, Tralles, Metropolis, etc.). The style of the seven messages is similar, with the heart of each focused on commendation and correction concluding with a promise of victory. The historical and spiritual situation of each church aids in interpreting the details of its message.


Biblical References to Places in Turkey





Bithniya Province (Nicaea)

Cappadocia Province






Euphrates River

Galatia Province







Mt. Ararat






Pisidian Antioch






Tigris River



Acts 27:2

Acts 11:19-27; 13:1; 14:26, 15:22-35, Gal. 2:11, II Tim. 3:11

Acts 20:13,14

Acts 14:25

Acts 16:7, I Pet 1:1

Acts 2:9, I Pet 1:1

II Chro. 35:20, Isa 10:9, Jer 46:2

Acts 27:7

Col. 1:2

Acts 14:6 - 20;4

Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3

II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1

Gen. 2:14; Jer. 13:4, 6, Rev. 9:4; 16:2

Acts 16:6; 18:23, I Cor. 16:1, Gal 1:2; 3:1, II Tim 4:10, I Pet 1:1

II Kings 19:12, Isa. 37:12, Ezek. 27:23, Acts 7:2-4

Col 4:13

Acts 13:51; 14:1-21; 16:2, II Tim. 3:11

Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14

Acts 14:6-21; 16:1-2, II Tim. 3:11

Acts 20:15-17, II Tim. 4:20

Gen 8:4, II Kings 19:37, Isa 37:38

Acts 27:5-6

Acts 21:1-2

Acts 13:13-14; 14:25

Rev. 1:11; 2:12

Rev. 1:11; 3:7

Acts 13:14; 14:19-21, I Tim. 3:11

Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4

Acts 13:4

Rev. 1:11; 2:8

Acts 9:11; 9:30; 11:25; 21:39; 22:3

Acts 16:14, Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24

Gen. 2:14, Daniel 10:4

Acts 16:8-11; 20:5, 6, II Tim. 4:13 II Cor. 2:12


St. Paul

St.PaulPaul was born in Tarsus, southern part of Turkey in ancient Cilicia. His date of birth is placed by the scholars between 1 AD and 6th AD. He came from a rich and powerful Jewish family.

During the early years, he took action against Christians and took part in their persecutions. His name  spread all over the Roman world and created fear. His life totally changed after his vision when Christ appeared to him on the way to Damascus. Christ appeared to him and said: "Paul, why you persecute me"

Paul who got blind after his vision, he was healed with the help of one of the disciples. He left Jerusalem and returned Tarsus during the Christ's ministry and he didn't return to Jerusalem till Jesus' death.

Saint Paul made three great successive journeys which covered big part of Anatolia and Greece. Finally, after his third missionary trip, he was arrested in Jerusalem.

St. John

St.JohnJohn the Apostle was the son of Zebedee, and the brother of  James. One tradition gives his mother's name as Salome. They originally were fishermen. He was first a disciple of John the Baptist and later one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He is revered as a saint by most of Christianity.

John is traditionally held to be the author of five books of the New Testament, including the Gospel of John. However, almost all higher critical scholars place the writing of the final edition of John at some time in the late first or early second century. Catholic/Orthodox tradition says that he and the Virgin Mary moved to Ephesus, where both eventually died or there is another support for the idea that John did go to Ephesus and from there wrote the three epistles tradition attributed to him. John was allegedly banished by the Roman authorities to the Greek island of Patmos, where some believe that he wrote the Book of Revelation. According to Tertullian (in The Prescription of Heretics) John was banished (presumably to Patmos) after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering nothing from it. Some believe his tomb is located at Selcuk, a small town in the vicinity of Ephesus.

When John was old he trained Polycarp, later Bishop of Smyrna. This was important because Polycarp was able to carry John's message to another age. In art, John as the presumed author of the Gospel is often depicted with an eagle, which symbolizes the height he rose to in the first chapter of his gospel.

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary's House

The Gospel mentions Mary when narrating the birth and childhood of Christ and, 'en passant,' only once during the public life. John himself, in the Gospel, mentions Mary twice: in the Cana wedding account and in that of the passion, telling us how Christ addressed his Mother from the cross entrusting to her the disciple he loved and entrusting to John his Mother. According to a very old local tradition, during the first persecution of the Christians in Jerusalem, in the year 49 A.D., the Apostles thought to put the Mother of the Lord in safety, and John, to whom the Lord had entrusted his Mother, accompanied Mary to Ephesus, where she might have lived, if not until she died, at least for some years, until the situation in Jerusalem changed. The House of Mother Mary is the Shrine, partly reconstructed, of the small house where the Blessed Virgin lived during her stay on the mountain overlooking Ephesus.        

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