Re: Churches in Antioch, Turkey (Antakya)
- Dear Al -
The photograph is from 2000 when His Holiness offered the Holy
Eucharist at the Cave Church of St Peter. I understand that this is
a museum under the control of the Turkish government. The Turkish
government permitted the Patriarch to offer the divine liturgy at
the time. The Syriac Orthodox have no presence there to my knowledge
and as I understand the Byzantines also do not have any significant
--- In SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com, "sandalow1" <sandalow@...> wrote:
> Hi folks. Thanks for letting me in.
> I noticed a picture on your main web page of your Patriarch
> Zakka I at the Church of St. Peter in Antioch.
> I was in Antioch two years ago, looking for anything connected to
> earlier Christian presence. There was little to find. Certainly
> cave of St. Peter on the hill is important. But, I wondered if
> was any remains left of Byzantine era Christianity there.
> How old is your church there? Do any of you know of any other
> Antakya that have Christian roots?
> Al Sandalow
- Thanks! It's really a shame that there has been so little recovery of
the Roman/Byzantine Antioch. It was one of the greatest cities of the
Mediterranean world in that time and for a long time one of the
centers of Christian thinking and leadership.
I fear the modern city now sits atop the greatest sites and there
seems no interest in excavation.