Seven Churches of Revelation
Discover seven churches in revelation refer to seven literal churches described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. These churches are all located in the Western part of modern Turkey; Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Laodicea, Sardis, Pergamum, Philadelphia, and Thyatira. At the time these were the seven cities with major Christian congregations in Anatolia. The archeological remains of all seven locations still exist today. Walk on the 1st century roman road where Paul actually walked on his missionary journey. Discover the meanings of the letters in revelation by observing the actual places. Find out Ancient Christian Traditions of early congregations from your Bible Oriented GuideBible Oriented guide, 4* hotel accommodation, Luxury transportation, Skip-The-Line tickets, lunch at tours provided
Day 1: Arrival Izmir / Pergamum (L)
Upon your arrival at Izmir, meet your tour guide and drive to Pergamum. There you wıll explore the impressive Acropolis, the actual ancient city, and see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the throne of Satan’, the Temple of Trajan, and the third biggest library of antiquity. Later continue to Asklepion, a famous medical center of classical times, we also visit the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church). Then we continue our drive visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar. There we see the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Upon driving back to Izmir before we check-in at the hotel in Izmir, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third-largest city in Turkey, and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia. Overnight in Izmir.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Ontur Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Hierapolis, Sardis, Philadelphia (B, L)
Today we depart early in the morning to Sardis, there you see, the great Temple of which later became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and the Synagogue. Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, called Alasehir, and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of bricks, with a bit of high arch and some 11th-century frescoes. Afterward, we drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually, Pamukkale, where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels, and stalactites, There we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip. Then we drive to Laodicea. There you walk among the ancient streets of the city and see the ancient structures. Overnight in a Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Colossae or similar.
Day 3: Ancient Ephesus (B, L)
Drive to Ephesus and visit the ancient city of Ephesus. There you walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Theatre. Later we drive to the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days and the assumption took place. After that, you visit the Basilica of St. John and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After the tour drives you to Izmir airport.
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