Old Town

Eastern Mediterranean

The squiggle of lanes between Kurtuluş Caddesi and Hürriyet Caddesi is an atmospheric huddle of Antakya's remaining old houses, with carved lintels, wooden overhangs and hidden courtyards within the compounds. Slightly north, around the 7th-century Habibi Neccar Camii, you'll find more preserved examples of Antakya architecture. The priests at the Catholic church believe St Peter would have lived in this area when he first arrived in Antakya in AD 47 as it was then the Jewish neighbourhood.

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1. Antioch Protestant Church


In Antakya's Old Town, this prominent Protestant church was built by the French in 1860 and once served as the French Consulate. Today it is managed by…

2. St Peter Orthodox Church

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Most of the city's 1200-strong Christian population worships at this fine Orthodox church dating to 1860. Rebuilt with Russian assistance after a…

3. St Luke Catholic Church

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The Italian-ministered Roman Catholic church was built in 1846 and occupies two houses in the city's old quarter, with the chapel in the former living…

4. Sermaye Camii

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The Sermaye Camii (1719) has a wonderfully ornate serefe (balcony) on its minaret that has become something of an icon in Antakya and is frequently…

5. Antakya Synagogue

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One of the last remnants of Antakya's once-vibrant Jewish community is this synagogue on Kurtuluş Caddesi. Its Torah dates to the 16th century and is…

6. Ulu Cami

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This mosque, in the heart of the Old Town, was built by the Mamluks of Egypt in 1268 and is one of the city's oldest places of worship. It has a peaceful…

7. Habib-i Neccar Camii

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The oldest mosque in Anatolia, Habib-i Neccar Camii dates in part to the mid-7th century AD, when it was built as an early Christian church. Habib Al…