Hierapolis - Pamukkale
Hierapolis, whose name means "sacred city," was believed by the ancient inhabitants to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians.
House of Virgin Mary -Ephesus
The House of the Virgin Mary is located in park between Ephesus and Seljuk, it is believed that the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus spent here her last days. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims.
Laodicea is an ancient city in modern western Turkey, founded by Seleucid King Antiochus II in honor of his wife, Laodice. The city was an early center of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Remains of the ancient city include a stadium, sarcophagi, an amphitheatre, an odeon, a cistern and an aqueduct.
Miletus, located in western Turkey, was one of the most important cities in the ancient Greek world. St. Paul stopped at Miletus on his Third Missionary Journey, on his way back to Jerusalem. There are many well-preserved ruins to be seen at the site, including a Temple of Apollo, and a Byzantine church.
Pisidian Antioch (also called Antioch-of-Pisidia) was a major Roman colony visited by St. Paul on his First Missionary Journey. Pisidian Antioch marked an important turning point in Paul's ministry, as the city became the first to have a fully Gentile Christian community. Highlights of a visit here are the archaeological site and the Yalvas Archaeological Museum.
Priene is an ancient city located just to the north of Miletus in western Turkey. It was an ancient Greek holy city and the home of an important temple of Athena. Priene's ruins include several columns of the Temple of Athena, much of the city wall, a well-preserved theater and a council chamber.
Sardis (modern Sart) was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Ancient Sardis had a very large Jewish community, which produced the largest ancient synagogue outside of Palestine. Christianity arrived in the 1st century AD and Sardis was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
St. Policarp Church - Izmir
The Saint Polycarp Church is the oldest church in Izmir and represents ancient Smyrna's role as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
Tarsus is a Turkish city 27 kilometers east of Mersin, best known as the birthplace of Paul the Apostle. The Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus and seemed to be proud of his birthplace. In Jerusalem, as he was being arrested, Saint Paul told the tribune: "I am a Jew and a citizen of the well-known city of Tarsus in Cilicia".
Temple of Artemis - Ephesus
Near Ephesus one can see the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (or Artemision). Artemis was the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo.
Grand Theater - Ephesus
The Great Theater is a part of the archaeological site of Ephesus, included in the list of sacred destinations for its biblical significance: this is traditionally where St. Paul preached against the pagans.
Thyatira was an early center of Christianity. The apostle Paul visited the city on a number of occasions during his missionary travels. Lydia, the woman converted by St. Paul at Philippi, was from Thyatira (Acts 16:13-15), and the church at Thyatira was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2:18-29).
Zeus Altar- Pergamum
The famous Zeus Altar of ancient Pergamum is located on the Acropolis overlooking modern Bergama. The Zeus Altar was constructed by Eumenes II (197-159 BC) as a memorial of Pergamum's victory over the Galatians under Attalus I.
Biblical Sites in Turkey List