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Habib-i Neccar Mosque

Historical mosque in Antakya. It is known as the first mosque built in Anatolia. The mosque was built over a Roman pagan temple. The mosque today is a work of the Ottoman period, it is surrounded by madrasah rooms. There is a 19th century fountain in the courtyard. In the northeast corner of the mosque is the tomb of Yunus (John) and Yahya (Pavlos), the apostles of Jesus, and Habib-i Neccar of Antioch, the first person who believed in them and was martyred.

In the incident in the Qur'an, in the 40's AD (Jesus) sent his apostles Yunus (John) and Yahya (Paul) to Antakya. When these two emissaries enter Antakya, they meet Habib-i Neccar, the carpenter who grazes their sheep (neccar means carpenter). After his bedridden son was healed by the apostles, Neccar believed in the religion brought by Jesus. However, the people of Antioch do not welcome the ambassadors and put them in jail. Jesus then sends Barnabas to the city as the third messenger. Despite all the apostles 'efforts, the people do not believe in Jesus' religion and plan to kill them. Habib-i Neccar, who learned this, went to the city and called out to the people of Antakya, "Follow what these messengers say about the religion of God without any charge from you." Both the messengers of Jesus and Habib-i Neccar are martyred under torture. This event is described in the Surah Yasin of the Quran.

St. Pierre Church

The Saint Pierre Church consists of a 13 meter deep, 9.5 meter wide and 7 meter high cave carved into the rocks west of Stauris Mountain. This cave, which was used by the first Christians for secret meetings in Antakya, is considered one of the oldest churches of Christianity.

It is known that in the Acts section of the Bible, Barnabas went to Tarsus and brought Pavlos to Antakya, worked together for a year in Antakya and spread Christianity, and that the name "Christians" was given to those who believed in this religion in Antakya. In addition to this information, in the letter Pavlos wrote to the Galatians, he states that he discussed the current situation of Christianity with Peter who came to Antioch. Christian tradition accepts Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch and the first chief priest of the Christian community that formed here.

From the early period of the church to today, only fragments of the floor mosaic and traces of wall paintings on the right of the altar remain. It is believed that the Christians who gathered here once used the tunnel opening to the mountain to escape during the raids. The water seeping from the rocks and collected in the trough was used for baptism. Until recent years, this water leak, which the visitors took as healing and took to the patients, has decreased due to earthquakes.

Moses Tree

Hz. Khidr and Hz. After the meeting of Musa in Samandağ, they set out to climb to Mount Musa next to Hıdırbey Village. When he comes to the place where the Moses tree in Hıdırbey Village is located, he is very quiet. After leaving his cane where this tree is located, he goes to the stream right next to him to drink water. After drinking water, they continue on their way. Realizing that he had forgotten his staff by the water, Hz. When Moses returns, he sees that his staff turns green and turns into a sapling. Since then, that tree is known as the Moses tree.

It is estimated to be around 800-1000 years old and is believed to be 2000-3000 years old among the locals. The trunk diameter of the tree, located in the center of the village, is 7.50 m. Its outer circumference is approximately 20m. The trunk of the tree is entered with two hollows.

You can have breakfast or have a tiredness coffee under the shade of the Moses tree, a huge plane tree.

New Hatay Archeology Museum

Excavations in Hatay started in 1932. Between 1933 and 1938, excavations were carried out in Cüdeyde, Dehep, Çatalhöyük and Tainat on the Amik Plain by the Chicago Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. In 1936, excavation and excavation works were carried out in Sir Leonard Wolley Samandağı, El-Mina Mevkii on behalf of the British Museum, and in Açana Höyük at intervals from 1937 to 1948.

The mosaics that constitute the main wealth of the museum were unearthed with the researches carried out by Princeton University in 1932-1939. These riches are the mosaics that have been excavated in Harbiye, Narlıca, Güzelburç, Samandağ and its surroundings and complete the collection, with its center in Antakya.

During the 1932-1939 excavations carried out in Antakya, the architecture and other finds, most of which are dated to the Roman period, revealed the richness and splendor of the city. The excavations carried out by the Committee for the Excavation and its Vicinity have continued at Seleuceia Pieria in Samandağ, especially in Antakya, Harbiye, and the rich mosaic artifact collection unearthed in the excavations is today distributed to about 20 museums and private collections of the world. Many works of Antiokheia origin are preserved or exhibited in museums such as Princeton University Art Museum (USA), Worcester Museum (USA), Louvre (France) as well as Hatay Archeology Museum.

Harbiye Waterfall

Harbiye, which is the Çağlayanlar region of Hatay, is connected to Antakya with an 8 km road. It is famous for its waterfalls and fresh air and is a promenade visited by local and foreign tourists. The springs springing out from the south of the plateau, after forming waterfalls, mix with the Asi river. The ancient names of these waterfalls are Kastalia, Pallas and Saramann.

From the archaeological researches and finds obtained in the military academy, this region is BC. It is understood that it has been used as a settlement since 4500-3000. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the great wealthy people built large mansions and villas in order to be used as a recreation spot in antiquity, as it is today. While establishing Antakya, Seleukos I Nicator, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia, did not neglect to build this place.

The main development took place during the time of Antiochus Epiphanos, one of the Hellenistic era kings. In this period, the Temple of Apollo was built. In the Roman era, first Emperor Pompeius started to reconstruct and then other emperors built baths and large villas.

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