Religious Sites in Turkey. You can visit lots of unique religious sites and faith centers in Turkey; which are mosques, churches and synagogues.
The natural beauties and cultural wealth in the environs of Avanos, Zelye and Göreme have attracted the attention of historical writers and travelers for centuries.
Sanli Urfa Rizvaniye Mosque & Halil Ul Rahman Lake
This is the place where according to legend the prophet Abraham was thrown into a fire, but by a miracle the fire turned into a pool. The legend says wood from the fire turned into fish.
Akdamar is an island in Lake Van featuring works of art in the 10th century church of the Holy Cross . Stone carvings on the walls of the church are noteworthy.
Ağrı-Mount Ararat-Noah’s Ark
The most interesting spot in the province, which dates back to old times, Is the Great Agri Mountain, both for its imposing appearance and the worldwide fame it acquired thanks to the tale of Noah.
Amasya-Sultan Bayezıd II. Mosque Complex
This mosque, a 15th century work of art was dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid the Second.
Ankara-Haci Bayram Veli Complex Ankara
Haci Bayram Veli was a prominent Sufi leader known for his Immense tolerance. The complex contains a 15th century mosque and memorial shrine ( türbe ). It is adjacent to the 3rd century temple of Augustus which was buIlt on the temple foundation of the moon gor, Men.
• Yivli Minaret (Alaaddin Mosque, Center) • Kesik Minare Mosque (Korkut Mosque - Cami-i Kebir, Center) • Kale Mosque (Sultan Suleyman Mosque, Alanya) • Saint Nicholas Church (Kale - Demre)
Antalya – Santa Claus
Demre was one of the most important cities of the Lycian civilisation. Arabs. Rock tombs, theatres and the Church of St. Nicholas (said to be the original Santa Claus) are the most interesting sites in the town today.
Bitlis-Seljuk Mausoleums and Tombstones (Ahlat)
Magnificent Seljuk stone carvings from the 12th and 13th centuries are found here. The Ahlat are has many tombstones an mausoleums.
Bursa-Green Shrine (Bursa)
This is part of a 15th century monumental Ottoman Complex consisting of a tomb, mosque and medrese. Bursa also contains mosques. The Green Mosque is the largest mosque in Bursa. Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire.
• Ulu Mosque (Center) • Emir Sultan Mosque and Tomb (Center) • Muradiye Kulliye (Center) • Hudavendigar Mosque and Kulliye (Center) • Yildirim Bayazit Kulliye (Center) • Yesil Mosque (Center)
Cappadocia-Hacı Bektaşi Veli Complex
The famous sufi dervish leader of the Bektasi order is buried here. This 14th century complex includes tombs, guest houses, a kitchen, a mosque, a wishing tree and an area for ascetics, as well as famous sayings of Haci Bektas-i Veli.
The apmhitheater here is the location where craftsmen who made shrines of Artemis rioted against the apostle Paul. The House of the Virgin Mary is on Bülbül mountain near St. John's Basilica.
Erzurum-Çifte(Twin) Minaret Medrese
This is a 13th century theological school. The minarets are decorated with a unique tile design. The doors are a magnificent example of stone carving.
This Seljuk and Ottoman complex also dates from the 13th century. Battal Gazi was a commander and a hero who joined the campaign against the Byzantines.
Hatay-Cradle of the Saints
The deep chasms known as Cennet and Cehennem are located west of Tarsus. In the Vale of Heaven are the ruins of an early Christian chapel. Near Silifke are the church and tomb of Saint Thecla (Ayatekla), known as the first female Christian martyr.
Hatay-St. Peters Grotto (Antakya)
The followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch. Paul and Barnabas were sent on their first missionary journey from this cave church. They sailed from Seleucia Peria.
Hatay-Habib-Un Naccar Mosque And Tomb
Habib-ün Naccar who belived in the apostles of the Prophet Jesus first was a Martyr praised in the Yasin Sura of the Koran. His Tomb was inside the Mosque.
Isparta St Pauls Basilica ( Yalvaç )
St. Paul preached in a synagogue now buried underneath this basilica before continuing on to Iconum.
St. Irene, which is located on 1st courtyard of Topkapi Palace, was constructed by the Emperor Lustiniaus in VI. century. It consists of atrium, narthex, naos with three nephs and apse. It is a typical Byzantine structure with its material and architecture.
• Eyup Sultan Mosque • Eyup Sultan Mausoleum • Fatih Mosque • Suleymaniye Mosque and Kulliye • Beyazit Mosque • Mimar Sinan Mausoleum
Istanbul Ahrida & Neve Shalom Synagogues
Ahrida was founded in the 15th century bu Macedonian Jews and restored in the 17.th century. Neve Shalom Synagogue, despite being relatively nem, is the most important Jewish synagogue in Istanbul.
Istanbul-Ayasofya-ST Sophia Museum
One of the most important Christian monuments of all time, this ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6yh century is one of the architectural marvels of the world.
Topkapı Palace, which was used as the centre of administration and residence of dynasty in İstanbul the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, was completed in 1473 only two decades after Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city.
Iznik-Nicea Ayasofya Museum
The Ayasofya ( St. Sophia ) Cathedral was the seat of the first ecumenical council of 325 and the seventh council of 787.
Konya – Mevlevi Convent
The orginal building consists of a cortyard with fountain, a room for chanting the Quoran, a mausoleum, meeting room, a mosque, rooms for the dervishes, a kitchen, classroom and a hall for religious ceremonies.
Mevlana Dergahı (Dervish Lodge) which is presently used as a museum formerly the Rose Garden of the Seljuks Palace it was given as a gift to Mevlana's father Sultanü'l-Ulema Bahaaeddin Veled by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad.
This ancient synagogue built in the 3th century A.D. is the most important archeological discovery in the Sardis excavations. It is one of the oldest synagogues in Anatolia. The extensive ruins here also include beautiful mosaic tiles.
Mardin-Deyrulzafaran Monastery (Mardin)
This is one of the most important monastries belonging to the Syrian Jacobites and is still active today. Mor Gabriel Monastry is also in thia area.
Mersin-ST Paul’s Well (Tarsus)
Tarsus was the apostle Paul's birthplace and people belive that the water from the well situated at the where he lived is holy.
Pamukkale-ST Philli Martyriun Hierapolis
A natural white wonderland, Pamukkale is the ancient city where St. Phillip was martyred. Remnants of an octogonal basilica built in the 5th century lie here. Laodicea is across the valley from Pamukkale's hot springs.
The ancient city of Hierapolis, the original site of Pamukkale, was known as the Holy City in archaeological literature because of the abundance of temples and other religious structures in the area.
The Bible records that Abraham lived here and his father, Terah, died here. Harran is known for its interesting cone and cubic shaped dwellings and contains ruins of the oldest university in this region.
Siirt-Tombs of İbrahim Hakkı Efendi and HZ.Fakirullah
İbrahim Hakki Efendi was a famous author and 18th century scholar who wrote Marifetname. He was also an astronomer from Erzurum who devoted his life to astronomy and science. His respected teacher Hz. Fakirullah is also buried here.
Veysel Karani Complex (Siirt-Baykan)
This complex was built in honor of the Prophet Muhammed's beloved friend, Veysel Karani. Veysel Karani died in the Azerbaijan Campaign of Arabs and was buried here.
Sivas-Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi
The Great Mosque and Hospital status as a unique masterpiece rests on the merits of the stone carving decorations that adorn the great portal of the Hospital, the northern portal of the Mosque, the western portal of the Mosque and the portal of Shah's dais.
Trabzon-Ayasofya (ST .Sophia ) Museum
Die Hagia Sophia aus dem 13. Jh. War eine byzantinische Kirche mit ausserordentlich schönen Wandfresken und ist heute das Ayasofya - Sakralmuseum.
Trabzon-Maçka Sumela Monastery
Situated in a very beautiful natural setting, Sumela Monastery, built in the 14th century, is nestled into the face of a cliff in a famous valley.