The Church of Saint Peter is built partly into a cave on the southern end of Mt. Staurion. It was one of the first meeting place of the early Christians. The apostle Peter came to Antioch (now Antakya) after the death of Jesus in about 29-40 A.D. It was here that the followers of Jesus first took the name “Christians. It is for this reason that the Church of St. Peter is said to be the first Christian church.
Facade of the Church St. Peter was originally built in 1100s by Crusaders and rebuilt in the 19th century.
The cave church is with a depth of 13 m, a width of 9.5 m and a height of 7 m.
There is an altar and a small statue of St. Peter in the Cave Church. Water, pouring through a fissure on the rock faces, is considered to be holy.