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Days 7-8
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Antakya is better known by its ancient name, Antioch, and was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals. The city's biggest attraction is a church believed to be the world's oldest. The old quarter is marked with cobblestone streets, and the city's museums have exceptional mosaics.
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  • History

Experiences

  • Head to Senpiyer Kilisesi (Church of St. Peter), a tiny cave where St. Peter once preached to his apostles. It is believed to be the oldest church in the world.
  • The mythology-based mosaics at the Hatay Müzesi are among the highest achievements of Roman art.
  • Enjoy a lunch at one of the local restaurants, where the food is likely to be Syrian-influenced.

Side Trips

  • Visitors will find a great beach and inexpensive fish at Samandag, 17 mi/27 km south of Antakya.

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