Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey. It has a population of about 250,000.
Antakya is located on the banks of the Orontes River, approximately 22 km inland from the Mediterranean coast.
Orontes is a northward flowing river starting in Lebanon and flowing through Syria and Turkey before entering the Mediterranean.
The old houses of Antakya carry the characteristics of the houses dominating the North Syrian and East Mediterranean region. The houses are built with stones and adobe, with the front porches facing south and west in most cases.
The Mosque of Habib Neccar was originally the Church of John the Baptist. It was transformed into a mosque after the Islamic occupation.
The oldest mosque in present-day Turkey, this mosque is small but really beautiful.
After this, I went to the Archaeological Museum of Antakya.