St. Peter’s Cave Church Antakya

Across the Orontes River, going to St. Peter's Cave Church.

Across the Orontes River, going to St. Peter’s Cave Church.

St. Peter's Cave Church came into view.

St. Peter’s Cave Church came into view.

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.

Going to the St. Peter's Cave Church. Some vulgar fellows hung around in front of the Church.

Going to the St. Peter’s Cave Church. Some vulgar fellows hung around in front of the Church.

Facade of the Church St. Peter was originally built in 1100s by Crusaders and rebuilt in the 19th century.

St. Peter's Cave Church Antakya

St. Peter’s Cave Church Antakya

 St. Peter Church Inside

St. Peter Church Inside

The cave church is with a depth of 13 m, a width of 9.5 m and a height of 7 m.

Interior of St. Peter's Cave Church

Interior of St. Peter’s Cave Church

Altar of St. Peter's Cave Church

Altar of St. Peter’s Cave Church

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.

Interior of St. Peter's Cave Church; the image of St. Peter, the stone chair of the altar and the secret doorway and loophole

Interior of St. Peter’s Cave Church; the image of St. Peter, the stone chair of the altar and the secret doorway and loophole

Churchyard of St. Peter's Cave Church

Churchyard of St. Peter’s Cave Church

Ancient graves

Ancient graves

It would be time to leave the Peter's Cave Church.

It would be time to leave the Peter’s Cave Church.

Leaving Antakya for next destination Gaziantep. Photos taken from the car window. The first photo, two children had a fight and adults reproved them.

Leaving Antakya for next destination Gaziantep. Photos taken from the car window. The first photo, two children had a fight and adults reproved them.

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