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ST. PAUL MISSIONARY JOURNEYS
Saint Paul was born in the Roman city of Tarsus, on the eastern Mediterranean coast, now Turkey. The story about Paul’s conversion to Christianity takes very important place in the history of this religion. He traveled a lot in Asia Minor, trying to convert population to Christianity. We can nowdays understand how difficult it could be to travel in those times and how dangerous for him, and it makes his accomplishments for the religion even greater. He had made three missionary journeys before he was arrested in Jerusalem and taken to Rome where he was beheaded in 62 AD. The New Testament contains fourteen epistles written by Saint Paul during his journeys.
The First Journey happend in 47-49 AD. Paul traveled with Barnabas and John Mark from East to West along the Mediterranean coast, stopping in Seleucia, Antioch, Side and Attaleia (Antalya). They also visited Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac nowdays) and Iconium (Konya), Perge and Cyprus. It is be Ieved that as a result of this journey many Jews in Pisidia accepted the word of God.
During the Second Journey Paul traveled much farther. After visiting some of the places from the first trip, he went to Troy and then crossed Dardanelles to go to Macedonia (northern Greece). He traveled with Silas to Derbe and Lystra (near Konya) where a young Christian Timothy joined them. Luke the evangelist probably joined them in Alexandria Troas. Whole there, the Lord told Paul in a vision to go to Macedonia to preach, so they went to Thessalonica. There, Paul spent three days speaking in the synagogue and managed to get support from some citizens, while others protested so they had to leave the city by night. Then they went to Barrea where they were well accpeted by Jews, but again Jews from Thessalonica managed to turn people against the preachers. The same happend in Athens, city full of pagan philosophers. Paul then journeyed to Corinth where he managed to convert the chief of the synagogue and his family. After spending a year and half preaching in Corinth, Paul visited Ephesus for short, then traveled back to Jerusalem and finally back to Antioch.
During the Third Journey Paul revisited some of the cities and went to Ancyra (Ankara), Smyrna (Izmir), Adramyttium (Edremit) and Ephesus. In Ephesus he found twelve followers of John the Baptist and baptized them n the name of Lord. He spent two years in this city and his preaching caused problems. One of interesting stories is the one about the court case against Paul in the Great Theater. The silversmiths who were selling statues of fertility goddess (Cybele/ Artemis/ Diana) to the pilgrims coming to visit the Temple of Artemis. The more people listened to Paul, the less they believed in Artemis, and it was affecting their job, so they brought charges aginst Paul. At the end he was released. Although he was not forced to leave the city, he understood it was the best thing to do and went to Assos, Chios, Samos, Trogyllium and Miletus, and from there to Cos, Rhodes, Patara and Syria. A prophet named Agabus told Paul’s companions that Jews in Jerusalem would capture him, so they tried to pursuade him not to go there, but he answered that he was ready to die for Jesus…
During the Final Journey in 59-60 AD Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and sent to Rome for trial, but a storm prevented him from landing there…
The Final Journey
In 59-60 AD, Paul was arrested in Jerusalem, charged with inciting to riot, and shipped off to Rome for trial. He changed ships at Myra (Demre) and headed for Cnidos, at the tip of the peninsula west of Marmaris, a harbor where ships often waited for favorable winds, but a storm prevented him from landing there.
It is easy to understand why Turkey attracts so many tourists interested in the history of Christianity. With so many places mentioned in the holy book, this area has great importance in the history of Christianity…
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Few days ago we had the worst and deadliest mine disaster ever which took 284 lives. According to the latest news, there are still 18 others trapped in the mine, and it would be a miracle if they are still alive.This disaster provoked anger among Turks. There are anti-government protests in all cities in the country as lot of people think that this was not an accident but disaster caused by privatization of mines. According to statistics, Turkey is one of the countries with the worst workplace safety record. During this difficult time we should remember people all over the world who have to risk their life to earn a living.
The Battle of Gallipoli or The Battle of Canakkale was one of the most important events in the World War I. It took place in the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire (today Turkey) from April 25th 1915. until January 9th 1916.The Dardanelles strait was a sea route to Russian Empire, part of Allied powers. Russian allies Britain and France, with intention to secure the strait, launched a naval attack and landed the area, planning to eventually enter Constantinople. Australian and New Zealand soldiers were volunteers in the Allied forces…After eight months of fighting, thousands of victims on both sides, the Allied army was forced to withdraw to Egypt, and this was it’s major failure in the war.Since then, this battle has been studied by military planners prior to operations in other wars, and has become very important point for the studies of warfare.This battle was a defining moment in the history of Turks, as it showed the end of the Ottoman Empire and formed the base for the Independence war and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. A successful commander at Gallipoli, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, will few years later become the first president of that country and the most loved and respected leader of Turks. Even nowdays “Canakkale gecilmez” (Canakkale is impassable) is a phrase that represents nation’s pride at defending the country.In Australia and New Zealand this battle marks the birth of national consciousness and April 25th is known as ANZAC Day. During 1980s it became popular for Australian and New Zealand tourists to visit Gallipoli and attend the dawn service on April 25th, and it became a tradition. Dawn services are also held in Australia and New Zealand and that is the mostimportant commemoration of military victims in both countries.The ANZAC Day ceremony in 2015 is expected to be the most visited, as it will be the 100th battle anniversary.
If you visited Turkey in past, there is a big chance that you took your
visa at the border/ airport, but iif you plan to come again, you should
know that there it will be different this time. From April 10th 2014 visa
on arrival will not be available anymore, and you should apply for an
electronic visa through the official portal of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Turkey. To get more detailed informations and apply for your
visa, please visit: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Welcome to our blog!
From now on, we will be posting news and stories on daily or weekly basis. We will try to give you all the necessary informations about tourism in Turkey, as well as the general news and interesting stories. Let’s start with some important rules of organizing a private tour in Turkey.
TURSAB – The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, is one of the main bodies in the tourism of Turkey. Every tour must be organized by an official travel agent with an A type license (agenices that offer and perfom all kinds of services to domestic and foreign tourists). So, in every vehicle used for the private tour in Turkey there should be a board with the name of agency, it’s license number and TURSAB logo.
TUREB – The Turkish Union of Tourist Guides, is the authority that deals with all the questions of importance for the guides: decides about the official guiding fees, organizes guiding courses and seminars, renewals of the licenses, communicates with the agencies in the name of guides, offers legal support etc. To become a tourist guide in Turkey, one has to complete a training, and pass language, history and general culture exams, so that he/she can get the guiding license. The license must be renewed every year. For anyone who has not been licensed, it is strictly prohibited to act as a guide.
TURSAB and TUREB are under control of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, as a highest authority. All the vehicles used for the transport of tourist must have special documents which proof that they are licensed for tourism purposes.
Why should you book a private tour in Turkey?
There are various reasons: – guides know how you can use your precious time most efficiently: they have priority to buy the entrances to the sights, so you do not have to wait in long lines; they know the roads, shortcuts and busy ares so can save you from being stuck in traffic – guides know where you can eat well, what are the best points for taking
photos in one sight – you are not a member of a large group, so a tour can be tailor made according to your interests and available time…