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In the FOOT STEPS of St. PAUL
StPaul of Tarsus (C.1-67 AD)
Also called Saul in Hebrew and leader their early Christian movement, wasinstrumental in the spreading of Christianity throughout the Greco-Roman world.He was born a Jew in Tarsus of Cilicia in Anatolia.
13 New Testament letters have been attributed to him, many of which showhim adjusting newish ideas and traditions to new circumstances and measuringOld Testament laws by their relevance to Jesus Christ.
The New Testament records how he actively tried to suppressed the earlyChristian movement through persecution until he was converted to Christianityby a visionary encou8nter with the risen Jesus while on the road to Damascus inabout 36 AD.
Several years later, Barnabas brought Paul to Antioch, where theyministered together for a year.
Paul spent the following 10 years on 3 lengthy missionary journeys topAnatolia and Greece:
1st Journey fromAntioch (Acts 13:4 – 14:28) 47-49 AD
2nd Journey fromAntioch (Acts15:36 – 18:22) 50- 53 AD
3rd Journey fromAntioch (Acts18:23 – 21:17) 53- 57 AD
4th Journey fromCaesarea to Rome (Act 27:1 – 28:15 59) 60 AD
DAY 1 - HATAY - ANTAKYA (ANTIOCH)
Upon arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be connectingto your Turkish Airlines Domestic Flight to Hatay (Antiocia). Upon arrival, youwill be transferred to your hotel.
Welcome Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 - ANTAKYA
Following breakfast, youwill depart from the hotel for the sightseeing tour in Antiocia.
*Paul's first missionary journey (46-48 A.D.) was theshortest, in time and distance, of the first three, but it was nevertheless avery significant development in the history of the new Christian church. Itestablished Paul as a leader in the spreading of The Word of God. He went on towrite a large portion of the New Testament that we have today.
Traveled 13,000 miles over the course of 29 years (35 – 64A. D.)
Antioch on the Orontes
The third largest city of the Roman Empire after Rome andAlexandria.
After Jerusalem, Antioch was the second great center ofChristianity in New Testament times and where the disciples of Christ werefirst called Christians
(Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 14:26-28; 15:1-41; 18:22-23; Gal.2).
- Cave Church of St Peter: this is where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. After the stoning of Stephen for blasphemy in Jerusalem (Acts 7) in about 33 or 34 AD.
- Roman Mosaic Museum : One of the world’s best mosaic museum
- Tunnel of Titus
- Antiochia Church.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 3 - ANTAKYA - ADANA
Following breakfast, youwill depart from the hotel for Tarsus in Cilicia, the native home of the Apostle Paul. Located near theMediterranean about 30 miles below the Cilician Gates, Tarsus in Cilicia servedas one of the great crossroads of history. Paul described it as ‘noinsignificant city’s. (Acts 1:39; 9:11; 22:3).
* The Saint Paul's Church in Tarsus is on the UN WorldHeritage Tentative List
* The St Paul’s Well
* The Cleopatra Gate
* SeleuciaPieria The ancient port town of Antioch from which Pauland Barnabas set out on their first journey and where Paul returned afterwards(Acts 13:2-4).
Dinner and overnight atthe hotel in Adana.
DAY 4 - ADANA - CAPPADOCIA
St. Peter’s letters were addressed toChristians living in Cappadocia (1 Peter 1:1).
The Apostle Paul was from Tarsus inCilicia, which is the adjacent region just south of Cappadocia. Paul isbelieved to have traveled widely though Cappadocia during his missionaryjourneys.
Early Christians in the third centuryflocked to Cappadocia to escape Roman persecution. The soft stone was carvedinto chapels and churches, and the natural caves and tunnels could be made intounderground cities and safe hiding places.
Cappadocia, which lies in the heartof Asia Minor, became an important center of Christian theology in the fourthcentury ad. Already at the time of St Paul there was a small Christiancommunity in Cappadocia where Christianity spread so rapidly as to produce anumber of martyrs and confessors in the second century, and to contribute sevenbishops to the Council of Nicaea in ad 325. But it was mainly in the secondhalf of the fourth century that Cappadocia became famous for its theologicalthought due to three leading figures. The Cappadocian Fathers or CappadocianPhilosophers are Basil the Great (St Basil of Caesarea or Cappadocia orpresent-day Kayseri, who lived from 330-379), Basil's brother Gregory of Nyssa(c.330-395), who was bishop of Nyssa; and a close friend, Gregory Nazianzus(329-389), who became Patriarch of Constantinople. They advanced earlyChristian theology, including the doctrine of the trinity - God as three inone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and established the basis for the NiceneCreed. The three Cappadocians were characterizedby saying that St Basil was the arm which acted, St Gregory the mouth whichspoke and St Gregory of Nyssa the head which did the thinking.
Basil the Great is remembered as thefounder of Eastern monasticism. All Eastern Orthodox monks are Basilian monksand follow a variation of the monastic rule that he outlined.
The day’s experience will start with panoramic view point stops toenjoy thye breath-taking sceneries of the region. Avcilar (Hunters Valley), Uchisar(Tip fortress) and Pasabaglar Valley(Monks Vallley).
Before your transfer to the hotel you will visit one of thelargest Underground City where earlyChristians have sheltered from Roman persecution. The Christians had a built in communication system of pipes to each of its levels, eachcarved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closedagainst enemies.
The day will end at the hotel with dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 - CAPPADOCIA
Following breakfast The day’s tour will continue with anunforgettable visit to the Valley ofGÖREME (the largest con monastery of the region) that houses the “OPEN AIR MUSEUM OF ROCK CARVED CHURCHES”,built by the early Christians there, hiding from the persecution of the Romansoldiers. Due to the incredibly beautiful frescoes, adorning the walls ofthese early churches of Christianity carved into vulcanic rocks, CAPPADOCIA’sfamous Open Air Museum has been included in UNESCO’sWORLD Heritage List, as one of thecultural Wonders of the World.
Another cultural experience, unique to this region,is a visit to the group of young village girls from all over Cappadocia,at their “Art School”, where they happily learn to become mastersof the national art of weaving Turkishcarpets and kilims to be able to contribute to their traditional dowry,before they get married.
The ancestors of the Hittites were the first settlers of the areain the second millennium B.C. ZELVE OPENAIR MUSEUM is honeycombed with caves and there are some ancient cavechurches from 9th Century A.D.
The day will end at the hotel with dinner and overnight
DAY 6 - CAPPADOCIA – KONYA
Following breakfast, you will depart for Konya.
Én route, you will visit Lystra& Derbe.
Because of the miracles performed, the peopleattempted to worship the missionaries, thinking they were gods. Themissionaries, however, refused worship and convinced the people that they wereonly human.
Unbelieving Jews from Antioch and Iconiuminstigated a riot in which Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city, and leftfor dead. He revived and returned to Derbe the next day, where he and Barnabassaw many people converted as a result of their teaching.
** Tell of Derbe (Kerti Huyuk; Acts 14:20-21; 16:1;20:4)
** Mound of Lystra (Zordula) near the village ofHatunsaray.
At Lystra the priest of Zeus wanted to offer asacrifice to Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:6-20). This was the home of Lois,Eunice, and young Timothy (Acts 16:1-4). These cities were in the province ofGalatia (Gal. 1:2) in New Testament times.
The day will end at the hotel with dinner and overnight in Konya.
DAY 7 - KONYA- ANTALYA
Following breakfast, you will start the sightseeing tour of Konya-Iconium:
* Manyconverts, both Jews and Greeks,
* A plan toinstigate a riot and stone the missionaries is discovered, causing Paul and hiscompanions to escape from the city.
Én route you will visit Yalvac – Pisidian Antioch :
*Paul’sFirst Sermon of Record
On the west side of the city are the foundations ofthe synagogue where Paul gave his first recorded sermon. In the 4th century ADthe Church of St. Paul was built on the remains. At the time it was one of thelargest churches in the world, it is still one of the largest ever discoveredin Asia Minor. It is significant that this is the only church in ancientAnatolia built on the site of a synagogue.
The day will end at the hotel with dinner and overnight inAntalya.
DAY 8 - ANTALYA
Following breakfast, you will start the sightseeing tour ofAntalya.
First, you will drive to Pergewhich is the largest ancient settling of both Hellenistic and Roman Age, and the presence of a Jewish community there made it an ideal base forPaul’s first missionary journey through Anatolia. Perge was also the city whereJohn Mark left Barnabas and Paul. The Ancient site possesses a Roman Bath, Colonnaded Street,Agora, Stadium, and Water Aqueduct. These structures are in good order and wellprotected after the excavation.
Then, continue to Aspendos,the best preserved Roman Theatre in the World which is still in use. This15.000 seated theatre hosts many concerts and competitions, during the SongFestival.
You will then visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum which is one of the most important museums for AnatolianCivilizations. The museum has13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery covering an area of 7,000 m2(75,000 sq ft). As a museum exhibiting examples of works, whichilluminate the history of the Mediterraneanand Pamphyliaregions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum is one of the most important of Turkey'smuseums. The Museum won the “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.
The day will end at the hotel with dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 - ANTALYA- PAMUKKALE
Following breakfast, you will depart from the hotel for Pamukkale.Én route you will visit Colossae andLaodicea.
Laodicea is the lastof the seven churches mentioned in Revelation and the only church about whichJohn had nothing good to say. He called them "wretched, pitiful, poor,blind and naked."
Laodicea, like Rome, was built upon seven hills. Itwas one of Asia Minor's most flourishing cities. It prospered primarily due toits trade route location, which made it a hub for large money transactions.Laodicea's sheep were also known for their fine black wool. Laodicea was famousfor the production of a special eye salve (collyrium), referred to as ‘Phrygian powder’ made from a local stone. ‘All three industries, finance, wool, and the production of eye salve,come into play in this letter to the Laodicean church.
Laodiceawas one of three biblical cities in the valley of the Lycus River, a tributaryof the Meander.The water to the city was carried partly by anaqueduct, partly through stone pipes. By the time it arrived in the city it wastepid, neither refreshing, like the cold running water at nearby Colossae, norpiping hot, like the famous mineral hot springs of neighboring Hierapolis.
Christianity came early to the city. St. Paulimplies a close relationship between the churches in Laodicea and Colossae. The church in Laodicea was probably foundedby Epaphras from Colossae and thefaithful of Laodicea met in the home of Nympha (Colossians 4:15). AdditionallyPaul sent greetings to Archippus, who may have been from Laodicea (Colossians4:17).
The daywill be ending at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 10 - PAMUKKALE - KUSADASI
Following breakfast, you will be driven to Kusadasi. En route youwill visit Hierapolis and Miletus.
Today’sprivate sightseeing tour will start with the Hierapolis. It was founded as a thermal SPA early in the 2ndcentury BC within this sphere of the sluiced empire. Antiochus the great send2000 Jewish families to Lydia & Phrygia from Babylon and Mesopotamia. TheJewish congregation grew in Hierapolis and has been estimated as high as 50,000in 62 BC. It became a healing center where doctors used the thermal springs asa treatment for their patients.
Afterbecoming a part of Roman province of Asia, the city continued to developprosperously under rule of Tiberius and Nero.
Through the influence of the Christianapostle , a church was founded herewhile he was at . TheChristian apostle spentthe last years of his life here. The town'sMartyrium was alleged to have been built upon the spot where Philip was in AD 80. His daughters were also saidto have acted as prophetesses in the region.
You will next cross the broad flood-plain of the RiverMaeander (Turkish Buyuk Menderes) to Miletus. This was once a major portbut silt brought down by the River Maeander blocked its harbour centuries ago,and it is now several miles from the sea. The city is laid
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