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The Most Important Faith Centers in Turkey | Faith Tourism in Turkey

Faith tourism is very popular in recent times, especially in Turkey and neighboring countries. Göbeklitepe, which is considered to be the first place of worship in the world, is also very popular in this period. Cüneyt Durhan, the phenomenon traveler of Instagram and author of Gezgininayakizleri account, traveled and wrote the The Most Important Faith Centers in Turkey for you! How would you like to rent a car and discover these unique places?

The Most Important Faith Centers in Turkey

Our paradise country is located on the Anatolian peninsula. It has hosted many unique civilizations. Thanks to its geographical location between Asia and Europe, it has served as a bridge in many issues. The traces left on these lands that have hosted civilizations for thousands of years constitute the cultural heritage today. It is possible to come across temples that lived in our lands in the past and dedicated to gods and goddesses in many places. This is why our country has become a unique center of faith. As someone who has visited our country many times from Edirne to Kars, I wanted to share my article about 12 Most İmportant Faith Centers in Turkey with you. One thing I always proudly say is that these lands are more fertile and full of great marks that you cannot see anywhere else in the world.

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Faith Centers to Visit in Turkey

Saint Pierre Church / Hatay

The word of Christian was first mentioned in Antakya in history. It is known that Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas started their religious trips from Seluciia Peria. The place known as the first church of Christianity is a natural cave near Habib Neccar Mountain. This place was later enlarged and transformed into a church. Saint Pierre came to Antakya and tried to spread Christianity and took the missionary duty. I can say that it is one of the impressive religious buildings I have seen. I recommend you to visit this place when you visit Antakya.

Ulucami Mosque / Diyarbakır

There are mosques called Ulucami in many cities in our country, but I can say that the most special one is in Diyarbakır. It impresses you from the moment you enter and takes on a religious spirit. Diyarbakır Ulucami is one of our oldest buildings in Anatolia.

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Deyrulzafaran Monastery / Mardin

It is one of the most important structures of Assyrians. The monastery has been the religious center of Assyrians for 639 years. The Bible and the sacred stone attract the attention of visitors in the monastery, which is one of the indispensable places to visit in Mardin. For detailed information, check out the Deyrulzafaran Monastery travel guide!

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Sumela Monastery / Trabzon

It was originally built as a church. The monastery fascinates visitors with its stonework and frescoes. The monastery, which was transformed into a mosque after the conquest of Trabzon by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, now hosts its visitors as a museum. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most special places in the Black Sea region.

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Ulucami Mosque and Hospital / Divriği Sivas

It was built during the Mengüçlü Principality. I must say that it is the most perfect work of the early Anatolian buildings. The unique stone decorations on the huge door of the mosque are dazzling. I recommend you to visit this place, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Saint Nicolas Church / Demre Antalya

Saint Nicolas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara. However, he served as the Bishop of Myra (Demre). This church is important for Christian visitors as it is believed that Nicholas died in Demre. St. Nicholas is commemorated every year on December 6 with a ceremony held with children from all over the world.

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Rumkale Castle / Gaziantep

The castle is where St. John (Johannes) wrote the Bible manuscripts. Rumkale is one of the places to visit and see. Rumkale also became in an important position in the 11th century with the name of “Hromgla”.

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Hacı Bektaş-i Veli Tomb / Nevşehir

Turkish-Islamic Sufi and famous thinker Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli worked hard to protect the Turkish language and culture from foreign influences. His thinking system based on love and tolerance spread to large masses in a short time. I recommend it to be visited during Cappadocia trips.

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Saint Takla Basilica / Silifke

The basilica of Saint Takla, known as the first saint, is in Silifke district of Mersin. Saint Takla was influenced by the sermons of Paulus, one of the apostles of the Prophet Jesus, and gave up the polytheistic belief and worshiped according to Christian beliefs. Saint Takla Basilica is one of the religious places to visit in Mersin.

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Akdamar Church / Van

The church located on the island of Akdamar in Lake Van is also known as the Holy Cross Church. The architectural texture of the church and especially the figured wall works on the outer face are interesting. It is found in various scenes taken from the Bible and Torah within the rich wall embroidery.

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Mevlana Museum / Konya

Mevlana Museum is one of the places where I feel the most peaceful in my country. You can visit the grave and valuable calligraphy writings of the Turkish-Islamic mystic. He is also one of the most important humanists of all time. Especially, you should attend Seb-i Arus ceremonies held in Konya in December.

Ahi Evran Mosque and Tomb / Kırşehir

Ahi Evran, a great scholar who was the founder of the Ahi Organization, is an important person in our history. If your road passes through Kırşehir, I suggest you definitely see this place.

Bonus: Göbeklitepe / Şanlıurfa

Faith is for humanity born in Anatolia. A folk living in Şanlıurfa built very special structures based on the first systematic belief of humanity thousands of years before Judaism, Christianity and Islam reached these lands. Many of their mysteries are still unclear. Göbeklitepe temple circles are waiting for you to go and see. It should not be forgotten that 2019 was announced as the year of Göbeklitepe.

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