Antakya and Seleucia

Today was spent in Antakya and Seleucia.

We started out the day with a worship service at the hotel. We had a traditional service with singing, prayers, taking of the Lord’s Supper and a great lesson on Antioch a Model Church by our tour leader.

Arkeoloji Muzesi - Erose and Psyche - Mosaic - Saamandag - AntakyaAfter services we went and visited the Antakya Arkeoloji Muzesi or Antioch Archaeology Museum. Unfortunately for us, the museum is in the process of being moved to a new larger building and only a few exhibits were still open. I guess that I will just need to come back some day to see the new museum.

The museum has the second largest collection of Roman Mosaics. We only saw a small portion, and the most impressive examples have already been moved. The Mosaic above is from the 3rd Century and was from Samandag. The story of Eros and Psyche is shown in the mosaic. Wandering around in my mind is a future post using this picture as a basis.

Sarcophagus of Antakya - 3rd Century - Sarcophagus - Antioch of SyriaFortunately the Sarcophagus of Antakya was still in the old museum building. This is an impressive work of sculpture. In the picture above you only see one side of the sarcophagus. I plan on writing a separate post about it in the future.

Titus Tunnel - Titus - Vespasian - Antakya - TurkeyAfter walking back to our hotel we boarded the bus and took a short ride to Seleucia. We drove down to the Mediterranean Sea and up to the entrance of the Titus Tunnel.

Titus Tunnel - Titus - Vespasian - Antakya - TurkeyThe tunnel was built to divert floodwater and to also provide a consistent water supply to the area and prevent silting of the harbor.

Titus Tunnel Inscription - Titus Tunnel - Titus - Vespasian - Antakya - TurkeyThe Titus Tunnel was build by Titus and dedicated to his father Vespasian. We climbed all the way through the tunnel and were able to find an inscription mentioning both Titus and Vespasian.

The inscription reads: “Divine Vespasian and Divine Titus made it”

There are also some Greek words in the lower part of the inscription that were most likely added much later.

Besikli Cave Tombs - Roman Ruins - Roman tombs - Titus TunnelWe also visited the Besliki Cave Tombs on the way back to the bus from the Titus Tunnel.

Simon Stylites the Younger - Monastery - Antakya - TurkeyAfter eating lunch while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea we headed off to visit the monastery of Simon Stylites the Younger. He lived on a mountain near Seleucia in the sixth century. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the ruins as they were under re-construction.

Guard and Dogs - Simon the Stylites the younger - Monastery - Closed Archaeology site - TurkeyThe bus driver was unsuccessful in talking the guard into letting us have a quick look at the ruins. You don’t want to argue with a man and his dogs.

We then drove back down the windmill strewn mountain and headed back to our hotel in Antakya.

Church of Saint Peter - Antakya - Turkey - Closed Musuem - Peter Preached Here?We did try and make one more stop at the Church of St. Peter. We knew that the church was being re-constructed, but though that we would still be able to take pictures of the entrance. The view from the church is also very nice. However, we were unable to get close to the church and had to turn around and head to the hotel.

I had a nice walk around the hotel neighborhood and then it was time for a nice dinner. After dinner I went with a few friends to have ice cream for a second desert.

As soon as I can get pictures uploaded with the agonizingly slow up-link I will be heading to bed. It has been a long day.

Tomorrow we are off to Adana with several stops along the way.


p.s. Remember to check out the Turkey page for links to the previous blog posts from the trip and links to other bloggers in our group.




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