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Saint Paul’s Church

  • Address
    Şehitkerim, 3407. Sk. No:9, 33440 Tarsus/Mersin, Turkey
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 8:00 to 19:00
  • What to see
    St Paul’s Memorial Museum


The only Church dedicated to Saint Paul still standing in the Anatolia region, it was built in 1850 over the ruins of a precedent church of the X-XI century. It was built by the Greek Orthodox church, and it was desecrated due to the disappearance of Christian community in the region. The place was owned by the Cultural Ministry of Turkey in 1993 and it is now open to tourism and to pilgrimages. It is now a St Paul Memorial Museum, and in 1992-93 it hosted the “Saint Paul Symposium and Ceremony” organised by the Vatican.

The church interior, with a three-nave plan, has frescoes of Jesus, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John on the ceiling of the central nave. Other depictions of heaven and angels can be admired over the apse.


Photo Credit
Carmen Alvarez

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