Category Archives: İnanç Turizmi Eng

Khidr’s Place

Hatay is known to be the first city where a Khidr’s place was first built, and the most Khidr’s places are located at.

The big rock in the mausoleum is known to be the rock where Khidr and Elijah met on the Hıdırellez day.

Church and Synagogue

Church and Synagogue

There is a Synagogue in the city center addition to historic Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches. Open to foreign and domestic tourists and bearing traces of the history, these structures continue be used as worshiping buildings.

Habib-i Neccar Mosque

Habib-i Neccar Mosque

Known to be the very first mosque of Anatolia, was built by Abu Ubaidah İbn Al-Jarrah, one of the commanders of Omar, upon the conquest of Antakya in 636 A.D.

Within the mosque, there is tomb of Habib-i Neccar, and a fountain dating back to 19th century.

 

 

Saint Pierre Church

Saint Pierre Church

It is a 7 meters high natural cave, an extension of the Habib-i Neccar mountain. After the death of Jesus Christ, St. Pierre, one of his apostles, came to Antakya (in the first half of 1st century A.D.) and started preaching here.

The name “Hristos”, he who believes in Jesus, was given to the community of this church for the first time. In was acknowledged as the pilgrimage place of the Christianity by Pope Paul VI in 1983. St. Pierre Day is celebrated on 29th of June every year.