Muslim Turkey's Christian heritage


In seeking ancient Christian sites in Turkey, it is notable that 99.8 per cent of Turkey's citizens are Muslim, yet they preserve and share their cultural history; many Christian sites are revered by Muslims as well. Turkey, being a crossroads between Europe and Asia, was traversed throughout history by peoples of more beliefs than are known today. Ruins and restorations dot its landscape, hinting of past art and cultures long lost to time. (Click on an image to view large version.)












1. Baptismal re-creation near where the Virgin Mary might have lived. Selcuk.

2. Library of Celsus. Ephesus.

3. Ruins of Basilica of St John stand over his tomb. Selcuk.

4. Hercules holding lion skin around shoulders. Ephesus. 

5. Temple of Hadrian. Ephesus.

6. Corinthian Column. Ephesus.

Jeanne Conte is an avid traveler, author and photographer. She writes from Midwest America.


Topic tags: jeanne conte, sacred sites, christian history, turkey, muslim, photo essay, interfaith dialogue



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Contrasted with the message in the article above, Dalrymple, in From the Holy Mountain, details a systematic effort by the Turkish government to remove numerous Christian sites.
Mark Tweeddale | 18 February 2009

Depending on the regime of a country at a particular time Christian sites in Muslim countries can be well cared for or not. I would mention Libya as one which is now allowing care of those magnificient sites not appropriated.
Elizabeth Clarke | 18 February 2009

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