Turkey, The Other Holy Land

When someone says, “I’m going to the Holy Land” what region of the world pops into your mind? Most think of the countries of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, etc. But not Turkey!

What the majority of Christians do not know is that Turkey is “the other holy land.”

Faith Tourism: Turkey, led by Dr. David Cathey, invites you to go to the place where the Gospel was first proclaimed by the Apostle Paul. He invites you to come and study the scriptures in the very place where many of the books were written.

Travel down the hall of history through Bithynia, Cappadocia, Galatia, Pontus, Pisidia, Phrygia, Mysia, Pamphylia, Lydia, and Thrace as you learn about these ancient regions from New Testament times.

You will live and learn among the local people. See and experience the Bible in its historical roots.

Will you begin your journey of faith? Come to Colossae and study the book of Colossians. Study the book of Ephesians in the city of Ephesus. Read Galatians as you travel through Galatia.

Walk the streets where the people of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor from the book of Revelation walked. Pray and prepare for God to do a great

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Travel Opportunities

The Other Holy Land Tour

This tour provides an opportunity to study the Bible in a biblical land. Join Dr. David Cathey, Christian Professor of History and Philosophy, on a Bible study tour like no other.

Can you imagine reading the book of Ephesians in Ephesus? Or while walking down the streets of Galatia and other Biblical places? These trips are a blessing to everyone.

We do not have set dates for these trips. As much as possible we attempt to work around your schedule and plan accordingly. At some point we may need to have set dates, but until that time comes please take advantage of our flexibility and come when you can.

Trips are held throughout the year. If you would like to participate, please go to our Contact Us page and fill out the enquiry form. Let us know when you would like to come and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Estimated cost per person:

Round-trip airfare plus daily ground costs. Please contact us to see what the current cost is for hotel, food, and local transportation. Any purchases you may make beyond these items are your own additional expenses.

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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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Ephesus: Ancient and Modern

As an ancient city Ephesus was preferred by many Romans as the dwelling place of choice, even above Rome. Today Selcuk-Ephesus is a retirement city for Turks and has a farming community.

Ancient Ephesus was the largest city in Roman Asia and one of the largest in that era. Today Selcuk-Ephesus is smaller than the many neighboring seaside resorts, but more frequented by tourists.

Ancient Ephesus had the greatest wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Temple of Diana/Artemis. Today Selcuk-Ephesus has the house of the Virgin Mary according to the Roman Catholic Church.

Ancient Ephesus had the Apostle John’s Tomb and St. John’s Basilica. Modern Selcuk-Ephesus continues to be a pilgrimage site for Christians.

Ancient Ephesus was a center for learning. Today Selcuk-Ephesus is a center for historical-archeological studies.

Ancient Ephesus was a cosmopolitan port town where new ideas were exchanged. Modern Selcuk-Ephesus is a popular destination for cruise ships and tourists from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Ancient Ephesus was noted for gladiatorial combat and sports. Today Selcuk-Ephesus has water sports, beach, camel wrestling, and is near to the yet to be opened international golf course.

Ancient Ephesus was at the crossroads of both land and sea

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