If you are interested and study the history of the Bible and Christianity, then this tour seems a perfect fit. First you get yourself to Turkey with your questions, comfortable shoes and a camera. Then from the Port of Kusadasi, your Archaeologous tour of ‘Biblical’ Turkey will start with the religiously important historical city of Ephesus. This is a quite popular biblical tour for those interested in the documented early Christian history of St John, Apostle Paul, and Mother Mary; all of whom spoke, lived and worked in the Ephesus area.
This area and much of Turkey is filled with historical religious relevance. Many church groups, youth groups and students of the Bible are very fond of what they experience walking in the footsteps of the Christian icons.
EPHESUS, ST JOHN and APOSTLE PAUL:
**You will learn that Ephesus was one of the richest cities of the Hellenistic period
**Ephesus was home to one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse mentioned in the Bible.
** As Apostle Paul mentioned in his letter to the Corinthians; ( Cor 16:9), he felt there was a ‘door of opportunity in Ephesus‘ due to the many opponents of Christianity.
** See the Grand Theater, where St Paul preached to capacity crowds
** Experience the commercial Agora, where silversmith shop owners rioted against Paul.
**Visit the Basilica of St John, the great church ruin that stands over the believed burial site of its namesake.
Note: St John, has been identified as the apostle, prophet, miracle worker, evangelist, and author of the Fourth Gospel and Revelations. It is said that after St John wrote the Book of Revelations in Patmos, he returned to Ephesus.
These are some of the references concerning Ephesus: Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1
LUNCH TIME: is provided on the tour at a nearby beautiful outdoor shade garden setting of Hali Village where an organic lunch is offered. After lunch there will be time to see the famed Turkish carpet creating procedure from cocoon to double knotted exquisite carpet ‘art’.
** A short lovely hill top drive takes you to the House of Mother Mary, the sacred place visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
** Recognized by the Vatican as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
** Two popes have visited here. It is written in the Gospel of John (19:26-27), “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son’.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother’, and from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” This is how Mother Mary was brought to Ephesus by John. Here, you will have time to soak in the quietude of the sanctuary where Mother Mary lived in her final years.