Hatay Cradle Saints

asli_hatay_3The biblical city of Antakya (Antioch), once the third largest city in the Roman Empire, was the headquarters of St.Paul’s missionaries and the base for several missionary journeys. The New Testament’s Acts of the Apostles declares that the followers of Jesus were first called “Christians” here. Saints Peter, Paul and Barnabas all preached here. Visit the cavechurch where St. Peter gave his first sermon. South of the church is the Iron Gate which was one of the main entrances the biblical Antioch. Strolling through the old part of the city, you can almost hear the footsteps of Saints Paul, Peter, Barnabas and others. Antakya also has a worldfamous museum of Roman mosaics. Nearby Çevlik (Seleucia Peria) is mentioned in the New Testament as the port from which St.Paul and Barnabas set sail for their first missionary journey to Antalya and Perge.

Hatay – Habib – Un Naccar Mosque and Tomb

Habib-ün Naccar Mosque, the first mosque of Hatay, was built 636 A.D. and Islam started to spread in Anatolia from here. Habib-ün Naccar who belived in the apostles of the Prophet Jesus first was a Martyr praised in the Yasin Sura of the Koran. His Tomb was inside the Mosque.

Hatay – St. Peters Grotto

Paul and Barnabas were sent on their first missionary journey from this cave church. They sailed from Seleucia Peria.

Church of Saint Pierre

The Church of St. Pierre, located at the foothills of Mt Pilgrimage (Hac Dağı) in Hatay province is one of the most significant centers of Christianity. The cave known as the location where St. Peter had given his first sermon was upgraded and turned into a church after the Romans had adopted Christianity. The church was a harbor to the first Christians and the first pope, St. Peter, and contributed to the spread of Christianity in the world.