"Antakya" Hatay by MalenaN

Hatay Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 121 photos

Antakya is situated in south Turkey, close to Syria. It is the ancient Antioch and used to be a very prosperous and large town. It once had a population of half a million inhabitants compared to 140 000 inhabitants now days. Until 1939 Antakya was part of the French Protectorate of Syria and the Arabic influence was large. Still many people speak Arabic.

The city is divided in two parts by the Asi River. The west, more modern part, has wide streets while the east side is where you find the old part with the bazaar district and narrow streets.

Antakya is known for the Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Roman mosaics. This is also the place of St Peter's Cave-Church, the first Christian church.

  • Last visit to Hatay: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2004
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Wonderful St Peter's cave-church there. Never knew it was regarded among first Christian churches and that the new religion first got the name Christianity in Hatay. Thanks Malena for sharing!

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Think it's about time I visited Hatay! Met many people from there learning Arabic in Sham, so the city (and region) intrigues me. ;@P maykal

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    You really covered a lot of ground in Turkey! Hatay looks very nice, especially that treed area with small cafes. Amazing how much antiquity is still surviving in this part of the world!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2007 at 9:26 PM

    an interesting page and great pics !

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2006 at 2:30 PM

    wonderful! i wanted to stop here on a day trip from lattakia then on to aleppo for a couple of days. looks to be a nice place to walk around.

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2006 at 12:05 AM

    Thank you for sharing your experience of this ancient place. I was always curious about how this place looks like and really enjoyed your tips.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2005 at 10:45 AM

    Hi Malena, that restaurant with 'running water' sounds fun! Happy travels, Blu

  • beatle74's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2005 at 1:45 PM

    I wonder how did you decide to discover those beauties of Turkey? Nice work!

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2004 at 12:55 PM

    Your intro pic really gives a sense of how this place looks - very different from anyplace I've been! I love mosaics so that museum sounds very interesting!

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 4:25 PM

    This place is full of magic... and history. Really great, Malena.

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