FAITH TOURISM IN 99% ISLAMIC TURKEY , A HYPE FOR THE OTHER HOLY LAND?
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An Exploration of Faith Tours in Turkey

 

Owing to the fact that Turkey, with its friendly and hospitable people and government, had played an important role in the history of three of the world’s great religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, tourism officials in recent years adopted a marketing program to promote the country’s religious roots through Faith Tourism. Thus, the aggressive and open invitation for the whole world to visit the country’s historic and biblical landmarks, such as Corinth, Ephesus, Lydia, Colossae, Cappadocia, Pontus, Pisidia, Phrygia, Mysia, Thrace and Pamphylia, where Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles preached and taught the Christian Gospel and where much of his letters or epistles were written.

Consider also the fact that the Seven Churches founded by the apostle Paul and distinctly mentioned in the Book of Revelation, can also be found in Turkey.

Initiated by Dr. David Cathey, professor of history and philosophy, faith tourism in Turkey has over the years gone full swing, undeterred by any religious restrictions, thus gaining a lot of mileage and following in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Pacific and Asia.

 
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Following are some significant and interesting historical facts and valuable information about Turkey for world travelers:

1. Known as the cradle of civilization;
2. Bounded by three major seas (the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Agean Sea);
3. Where the Gordian Knot was cut by Alexander the Great;
4. Was the center of two great empires, the Byzantine and Ottoman;
5. Was known as the New Testament’s Asia Minor (Anatolia);
6. Provides the world with 70% of its hazelnuts;
7. The birthplace of King Midas;
8. Site of the first Human Rights Declaration in 1463;
9. Where the Arc of Noah landed;
10. Where 70% of the population is under 35 years of age;
11. Where the Orient Express was destined;
12. The birthplace of St. Nicholas or Santa Claus;
13. Witnessed the first international treaty in 1284 B.C.;
14. Has a 650 shopping mall with 3,500 stores and 65 hallways;
15. The origin of the world famous Iznik tiles;
16. Became a modern Republic in 1923;
17. Previous site of two of the Seven Wonders of the World;
18. Has the historical remains of Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
19. Birthplace of the Apostle Paul;
20. Watered the Garden of Eden from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers;
21. Site of Troy, where the Trojan wars were fought;
22. Source of the world famous silk carpet and the end of the historical silk trade;
23. Refuge for the Jews during the European Age of Inquisition; and
24. Also known as the Other Holy Land.

 
 
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