I,John,was on the
island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.I
was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like
the sound of a trumpet,saying, "Write in a book what you see, and send it
to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira
and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea." Rev. 1:9-11
The fact that there
were seven churches ,and seven letters, is significant. Seven is the
Biblical numbers of “completion,” “perfection.” A full week consists of seven
days.There were seven days of creation ;seven notes in music ;seven colors in
the rainbow. Seven stands for completeness,a unit fullness,totality.
Turkey has an
extremely strong Biblical history and the Seven Churches referred by St John in
the Book of Revelation are all in Turkey and we need to indicate that the
meaning of church is not a building but a community of Christianity .So on this
tour , dont imagine ruins of church structures but from different periods , you
find lots of other structures which were built later on.
,Hierapolis Ancient City ,Pamukkale
: 08:00- 17:00
: All year around.
We meet you at
Cardak airport (Airport code is Dnz) with a sign on which your name is written.
We drive about an hour . On the way to Hierapolis-Pamukkale Turkey , have a
visit to Laodicea.Laodicea was a place of great wealth, of commerce, and of
Greek culture. It was a place of science and of literature.
The letter of Christ
to the church in Laodicea is the last of these seven letters.This city was
founded by Antiochus II (261-246 B.C.). It is located at what is known as the
"Gate of Phrygia." Out of the Oriental East, the great camel caravans
came dawn through the Gate of Phrygia and through Laodicea. Hierapolis is
referred only once in the Bible, when St. Paul praises Epaphras, a Christian
from Colossae, in his letter to the Colossians. Paul writes that Epaphras
"has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis"
(Colossians 4:12-13). Epaphras was probably the founder of the Christian
community at Hierapolis. Next to Hierapolis you can see the gleaming white
travertine terraces of Pamukkale Turkey, Hierapolis –Pamukkale is in the list
of World Heritage Site.
Today we check out
,and continue for Philadelphia.The name of the city means ”brotherly love “.It
was founded by Attalus II Philadelphus (159-138 B.C ), so named because of his
devotion to his brother Eumenes .This city had the longest duration of any of
the seven churches receiving the seven letters.In fact, it still exists today
under the Turkish name ,”Alasehir “.After Philadelphia, we stop for Sardis.It
was the capital of Lydia . A massive temple of Cybele stood there. Bearing
witness to the wealth of the city. Sardis was famous for arts and crafts
and was the first center to mint gold and silver coinage. An earthquake in 17
A.D ruined the city physically and financially ,and it never recovered. This is
the “dead “church ,alive in name only.
When we fnish , drive
about one hour and have lunch in Akhisar.It is a county district and its town
center in Manisa province.And then Thyatira .It was an ancient city in Lydia
,with a thriving dyeing industry and was a garrison town over long centuries
and a center of commerce.The word “Thyatira “ means , Dominating Female.” This
is one of the greatest curses in the world. It has special application to this
church of God. Thyatira became an early center of Christianity. The apostle
Paul visited the city on a number of occasions during his missionary travels.We
drive for an hour to Bergama to see Asclepion.
Asclepion was a
ancient healing center and the world’s first psychiatric hospital.Located
in Bergama,known for its interesting archaeological ruins from the ancient
Roman city of Pergamon this ancient place is still beautiful and well-worth a
visit.Asclepion was a mixture between a sanctuary and modern spa.It had
facilities where the sick could relax and enjoy themselves such as a library
and a small theatre.
Overnight in Bergama.
: Pergamun, Red
: 08:00- 17:00
Today , First stop is
Pergamum. Pergamum, also Pergamon and Pergamos, is a pre-Greek name presumably
meaning "citadel." Pergamum was the capital of the kingdom of
Pergamum. The acropolis still stands there, and the ruins of the great temples
and the city are on top of it. It was a city in Mysia and is one of the most
beautiful spots in Asia Minor.
Red Basilica is
another stop .Previously a temple thought to honor ancient Egyptian gods,
then converted to a church, the Red Basilica pays homage to the different
cultures and societies that have inhabited Anatolia. The basilica is called the
“red courtyard” by people because of its large courtyard and the whole
structure being made up of red brick being historically important for
Christians after being converted to a church during the Byzantine era, the
basilica is a high priority for tourists visiting Bergama.
Lunch in Bergama
Later on we continue
Izmir to visit Smyrna (Agora) . Smyrna, now Izmir , is Turkey's
third largest city and its second most important port.It was famous for its
science , medicine.and the beauty of its buldings. It vied with Ephesus and
Pergamum for the title "first city of Asia." Strabo called it
"the most beautiful of all" cities and praised its excellent street
plan When Christianity came to Smyrna is not known. The earliest reference to
Christians in the city is in the book of Revelation.
Overnight in Izmir
: Virgin Mary
House,Ephesus,St Basila Church
: 08:00- 18:00
We start the day
with Virgin Mary House . The House of the Virgin Mary, located in a
nature park between Ephesus Turkey and Seljuk, is believed to be the last
residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to
both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims.
Ephesus was not only a
beautiful city, it was the chief city of the province of Asia.It was both the
religious and commercial center of that entire area which influenced both East
and West Asia and Europe. We can see lot of remains such as the Library of
Celsius, Hadrians Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of
Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great
Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators.
Lunch in Selcuk
After lunch we visit
St John Basilica. It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his
last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of
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