Pilgrimage to Turkey June 2014 Click thumbnail to enlarge

Istanbul.jpg
Istanbul.jpg

Our first evening in Istanbul, a breathtaking city - far too much to see in a day!

The Blue Mosque Istanbul.jpg
The Blue Mosque Istanbul.jpg

The Blue Mosque, a landmark in the skyline of Istanbul.

Fresco at the Church at Chora.jpg
Fresco at the Church at Chora.jpg

Amazing Frescoes in the Church/Basilica of St Saviour at Chora .

Mosaic Hagia Sophia Istanbul.jpg
Mosaic Hagia Sophia Istanbul.jpg

One of the many very fine, amazing Byzantine mosaics in this place of worship.

Some of the Ruins of Troy.jpg
Some of the Ruins of Troy.jpg

Our visit to Troy was brief and interesting, in that we discovered that there had been nine Troys and the one with which we are familiar was number seven.

Fr Chris's oration at Pergamum.jpg
Fr Chris's oration at Pergamum.jpg

An impromptu delivery of the first and last chapter of St mark's Gospel by Fr Chris in the seats of the Theatre at Pergamum - our first of the seven churches of Asia.

Smyrna Agora.jpg
Smyrna Agora.jpg

Another of the Churches of Asia

Detail from the ruined church at Thyateria.jpg
Detail from the ruined church at Thyateria.jpg

There was not much left to see here, a few details and home to several generations of tortoise.

The Gymnasium at Sardis.jpg
The Gymnasium at Sardis.jpg

Sardis was home to our next Church of Asia, but it had a remarkable restoration of the gymnasium.

One of the Shops in Sardis.jpg
One of the Shops in Sardis.jpg

Here was obviously a Christian merchant selling his wares.

The Church at Philadelphia.jpg
The Church at Philadelphia.jpg

This Church in Philadelphia - the next on our list was a place of ecumenical worship - Polytheos.

The Theatre Hierapolis.jpg
The Theatre Hierapolis.jpg

This huge and almost intact theatre at Pamukkale is the largest and best preserved example of its type.