ncient civilizations existed in this fertile land for centuries. From the ancient Hittites to the Ottomans, Turkey has been the foundation of civilization. Old Testament patriarchs Noah, Abraham and Job all spent significant periods in this country. In the first century leading churches were located in Antioch, Ephesus, and the other seven churches of Revelation and Turkey is often referred to as the “Cradle of Christianity.”
For those interested in eschatology a visit to Turkey as we follow St John following Jesus injunction to flee Jerusalem moved to Ephesus together with a faithful group of his followers.
There follows the fascinating visits to the locations of the 7 churches Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.
Christian Pilgrimage Turkey
Seeing the ancient sites brings familiar Scriptural narratives to life. A Christian tour of New Testament lands can include the land of Turkey as the book of Acts gives accounts of many events that happened in Turkey. These include Lycia, Pamphylia, Cilicia, Cappadocia, Phrygia, Asia Minor, Bithynia, Pontus, and Galatia, Antioch, Seleucia, Tarsus, Attalia, Perga, Antioch in Pisidia, Lystra, Iconium, Derbe, Laodicea, Ephesus, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Troas, and Assos.
Also of note is the fact that Haran, a residence of Abraham, and the mountains of Ararat, where Noah’s ark came to rest, are also located in Turkey.
By taking this Christian Pilgrimage to Turkey believers will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Paul’s journeys and walk in the places where the first disciples of Christ travelled, ministered and were even first called Christians.