Facts About Turkey

Did you know that Turkey…

is known as the Cradle of Civilization borders three major seas (Black, Aegean, Mediterranean) was known as Asia Minor (Anatolia) is where the first Human Rights Declaration was stated in1463 is where Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot is the birthplace of King Midas has 70% of the population under 35 is where the train the Orient Express was destined was the center of two empires (Byzantine and Ottoman) provides the world with 70% of it’s hazelnuts has a 650 year old shopping mall with 65 streets and 3500 shops is the birthplace of Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) became a modern republic in 1923 is where Noah’s Ark landed witnessed the first international treaty in 1284 B.C. is where the world famous Iznik tiles originated had two of the Seven Wonders of the World has historical relics pertaining to three of the world’s major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) has the world’s most valuable silk carpet provided water to the Garden of Eden from the Euphrates and Tigris is the birthplace of the Apostle Paul is where the Jews found refuge during the Inquisition in Europe is the location of Troy where the Trojan wars

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Early Church History

If the Old and New Testaments were not enough, look at the earliest Apostolic Fathers and you will see they were primarily in the Anatolian region of modern Turkey. Many of the ancient texts relating to the earliest churches were discovered or written by men from these old areas.

The Didache was found by a Bishop from Nicomedia, who lived in the area of ancient Bithynia. Written in the 1st century the oldest text of the Letter of Barnabas was found in an old church in Istanbul.

Early Church Father and martyr, Ignatius of Antioch, wrote letters to the earliest Christian communities in Anatolia at Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Philadelphia, Smyrna. He also penned a personal letter to Polycarp of Smyrna which added to our understanding of early Christian beliefs and practices.

Polycarp, who heard the Apostle John speak, wrote a theological letter/epistle while in Smyrna and became famous since his martyrdom was one of the early churches’ oldest recorded scandalous events.

Papias of Hierapolis (Laodecia) possibly heard the Apostle John and was a friend of Polycarp.

Many others wrote from the Asia Minor region (Euphrates, Phrygia, Patara ( Mediterranean coast), and Sardis) during the earliest beginnings of the Church. The

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