Although Turkey is secular nation, most of its inhabitants are followers of Islam. Many visitors are therefore surprised to discover the country’s rich history of Christianity. Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus and traveled across much of Turkey. Saint John is buried near Ephesus; many believe that Saint Luke’s arrive is also there. The Virgin Mary lived out her last days within sight of Ephesus.
She may be buried there. The biblically referenced, seven churches of Asia Minor, where Paul preached, are all in Turkey; as is St. Peter’s rock church at Antioch. And finally, such places and hundreds of carved rock churches in Cappadocia provide Christian scholars with a treasure of information about Christianity’s first days.