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"Cave-Church of St Peter, Antakya" Top 5 Page for this destination Turkey Favorite Tip by MalenaN

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  Outside the church
by MalenaN

Favorite thing: St Peter's cave-church is regarded as the world's first official Christian church. St Peter lived in Antioch for some years and it was here the new religion first got the name Christianity. In the cave the first Christians met and prayed secretly.
The front wall was constructed by the crusaders in the 11th century.

The cave is a natural cave with an altar and with a statue above. In the cave small traces of old frescos and floor mosaics can be seen.
Through the rock in one corner there used to dripp water, which was said to cure sicknesses and was used for baptism. But when I was there there was no water, only an almost empty bucket.

The church is situated 2-3 km north-east of the town. To come there you just walk Kurtulus Caddesi straight until you come to a sign where you should turn to the right. Then it is not far to walk.
The entrance fee is 5 000 000 TL (2 000 000 TL for Turkish citizens).

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  • Updated Sep 22, 2004
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