Christian Sacred Sites

Discover Turkey and visit biblical sites

Biblical and Early Christian Sites

Turkey is the second holiest land in the world in terms of Christian sacred sites. During your holiday in Turkey, you can visit some of the most stunning sacred places as well as biblical and early Christian sites.

Turkish Christian Community

Christianity, which is a religion based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles, is obviously a minority religion in our country. The constitution of Turkey guarantees the freedom of religion and the right to worship.

Today, approximately 200.000 Christians live in our country. Also there are almost 240 churches and monasteries open for worship in Turkey.

Biblical Land

While many Christians do not think of Turkey as a biblical land, during much of the first century it was the center for the young church.

The second holiest land in the world in terms of sacred sites, Turkey has lots of churches, sacred sites and archaeological excavations of early Christian settlements you can visit. From the last home of the Virgin Mary to the first cathedral, Anatolia served as inspiration for Christianity's very foundations. From the seven churches of the revelation to seven ecumenical councils, and to hosting 24 saints, it is no surprise to find some of the church's most fundamental foundations in places of pilgrimage throughout the country.

Churches and Monasteries

Turkey, which is one of the best pilgrimage destinations in the world, is full of holy sites from a variety of Christian traditions.

Some of the most well known Christian sacred places;

  • Saint Nicholas Church, Demre, Antalya
  • Ancient Nicea, Iznik, Bursa
  • Early Christian Settlements, Cappadocia
  • Saint Theodoros Trion Church, Cappadocia
  • Seven Churches of the Revelation (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea)
  • Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Diyarbakir
  • Bulgarian Church of Sweti George, Edirne
  • Saint Pierre Church, Hatay
  • Orthodox Patriarchate and Cathedral, Istanbul
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
  • Hagia Eirene, Istanbul
  • Sveti Stefan Church, Istanbul
  • Hagia Yorgi Church, Istanbul
  • Church of Saint Savior in Chora, Istanbul
  • Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, Istanbul
  • House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk, Izmir
  • Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Mardin
  • Mor Gabriel Monastery, Mardin
  • Assyrian Church of the Virgin Mary, Mardin
  • Alahan Monastery, Mersin
  • Saint Paul's Well, Tarsus, Mersin
  • Sumela Monastery, Trabzon
  • Hagia Sophia, Trabzon
  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Akdamar, Van
Biblical and Early Christian Sites
House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk, Izmir