On an Antakya Private Tour Clean Your Soul in the Church of St Peter
On an Antakya Private Tour Clean Your Soul in the Church of St Peter. The site was built on the old Antiocheia ad Orontem, Antakya, known as Hatay; it is a modern city near the Syrian border. Under the Romans, Antioch's Christian community developed out of the already large Jewish population that lived in the region led at the time by St Paul.
Today Antakya is home to many faiths – Orthodox Christian, Sunni and Alevi. It has a cosmopolitan yet civilised air to it, the locals call their hometown Bariş Şehri which means The City of Peace very apt. There are at least five religious faiths represented within a few streets of the city.
Antakya became part of Turkey in 1939, so the primary Arab influence still rings true in local life today. Many pilgrims come to Antakya on Private tours to visit the Church of St Peter and the archaeological museum, but the small shops and bazaars are great in this region.
Many Pilgrims Come to Antakya on Private Tours to Visit the Church of St Peter
This beautiful early Christian church cut into the slopes of Mt Staurin (Mountain of the Cross) is thought to be the first place where the newly converted parishioners met and prayed in secret. St. Peter and St. Paul lived in Antioch for some time and are assumed to have held sermons at this holy place.
Inside the church to the right of the altar, there are faint traces of an early fresco and some of the original simple mosaic floors survived. Your Antakya tour guide will tell you about the holy water dripping in the corner of the isle; it is said that it can cure disease.
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Travel Tips for Antakya
In terms of flights and accommodation book your private tour of Antakya any time of the year except October which is high season both in terms of weather and costs in the area. This is not a seaside resort so tourists mainly come to this region for sightseeing and hiking.
The cheapest month for travel to Antakya is January and as the months go on to the high season the hotel rates and flights slowly increase to the most expensive month October. In general holidaying in Turkey is reasonable and this area is no different. Costs can be incurred for entrance to the historical and archaeological sites.
There is no beach here so if it's a beach holiday you want this is not the place for you, however, the sightseeing treasures here are amazing and worth a visit. The many villages and travel hotspots in Antakya on private tours will have you in a head spin from great bazaars to reasonable accommodation and traditional Turkish food.
The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters; however, due to its higher altitude, Antakya has slightly cooler temperatures than the coast. July is the month with the lowest temperature around 28°C degrees during the day and 23°C at night. In January the temperatures are 34°C daytime and 26°C nighttime which is hot hot hot!