The Seven Churches
The Seven Churches of Revelation
The Seven Churches mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelations
are all found in Turkey and each was a founding community of Christianity.
Revelation 1:11 saying “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” The Apostle John saw a vision of the future and was commanded to send it to the seven churches in Asia Minor.
(7 Nights/8 DAYS)
Day 01: Home-ISTANBUL
Arrival Atatürk Airport. Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)
Day 02: ISTANBUL
We depart at 08:30 for the Istanbul city tour. Full day to discover the Byzantine and Ottoman highlights. (B/D)
Day 03: Istanbul – NICAEA-BURSA
We depart at 08:30 to Nicaea or Nicea (Turkish: İznik) İznik (whose modern name derives from Nicaea’s) most important city of Bithynia at the time of Paul’s visits and where the two church meeting; and the St. Tlifon Church. Continue to Bursa. (B/D)
Day 04: Bursa – BERGAMA – IZMIR
We depart at 08:30 visit to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Then drive to explore the ancient city of Pergamum. Visit of the Asclepium Sanctuary and the Acropolis; The Altar of Zeus, which is said to be “the palace where Satan has his throne” (Rev. 2:13) the Traian Temple; the world’s steepest theater, and the Red Basilica, which was Originally a center of pagan Worship and later used as a church dedicated to St. John.
Revelation 2:12 “To the ANGEL of the assembly in Pergamum write: “He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things:
Revelation 2:8 “To the ANGEL of the church in Smyrna write: “The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things:
Drive to Izmir (SMYRNA) It was one of the seven churches addressed in the Book of Revelation. Overnight in Izmir. (B/D)
Day 05: Izmir – PAMUKKALE
After breakfast, departure for Thyateira (also Thyatira) Turkish Akhisar (“white castle”). The Apostle Paul and Silas might have visited Thyateira during Paul’s second or third journey, although the evidence is entirely circumstantial. While in Philippi, Paul and Silas stayed with a woman named Lydia from Thyateira, who continued to help them even after they were jailed and released. Lydia of Thyatira is a woman mentioned in the New Testament who is regarded as the first documented convert to Christianity in Europe. Several Christian denominations have designated her a saint. Revelation 2:18 “To the ANGEL of the church in Thyatira write: “The Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like burnished brass, says these things:
The Remnants of the Church and The Temple are to be visited. Resumption of the drive to Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, As one of the Seven churches of Asia, it was addressed by John, the author of the Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible, in terms which seem to imply that its population was notoriously soft and fainthearted.
Revelation 3:1 And to the ANGEL of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things: “I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Then drive to Philadelphia (Alaşehir) “city of brotherly love”) is a town Philadelphia is the sixth church of the seven (Revelation 1:11). A letter specifically addressed to the Philadelphian church is recorded in (Revelation 3:7-13). According to this letter, the Philadelphian Christians were suffering persecution at the hands of the local Jews, whom Revelation calls “the synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 3:9).
Revelation 3:7 To the ANGEL of the church in Philadelphia write: “He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and that shuts and no one opens, says these things:
Continuation of trip to Pamukkale. (B/D)
We depart at 08:30 visit of Hierapolis, rich in Roman and early Christian remains, Apostle Philip was martyred and which was the hometown of Papas, a disciple of St. John. (Rev. 3.15-17)
Then which lies across the valley from Laodicea is mentioned four times in the New Testament’s epistle to the Colossians (Col. 2:1; 4:13, 15, 16). In writing to the Colossians, Paul the Apostle sends greetings to them through a Laodicean named Nymphas and the church at his (or perhaps her) house (Col 4:15). He additionally greets Archippus, who may also be from Laodicea (4:17),
Day 07: EPHESUS
We depart at 08:30 for the Ephesus tour. Revelation 2:1 To the ANGEL of the church in Ephesus write: “He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands says these things:
Excursion to Ephesus, a distinguished antique city in the Christian history and to Where St. John came at the end of his life with Virgin Mary to write his Gospel. Visit of the Basilica Of St. John and Shrine of Virgin Mary, where a mass will be held. (B/D)
Day 08: HOME
Transfer to airport. Take-off for home. (B)
Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Meditour Turkey.
P. P. in Dbl from €840.00
Sgl Supplement €420.00