Duration: 4 hours (approx)
Route: Kadifekale Castle-Agora-Cathedral of St.John The Evangelis
You can be picked up from the Cesme Harbor, Izmir Port, Izmır Airport, Cesme Hotels, or even from the Cesme cruise ship port. Your Izmir guide will hold up a sign with your name on it so you can easily find your way to the correct tour bus. The izmir tour will take approximately 4 hours and after will drive you back to your Cesme Harbor, Izmir Port, Izmır Airport, Cesme Hotels, Cesme cruise ship port in Turkey.
In the Half Day Christian Bible Study Tour in Izmir, We will drive to Izmir city center – Which is said to be the traditional birth place of Homer, who was honoured here in Classical times in the Homereium. Izmir survived the catastrophes that befell the upon the region. Our first stop is just above the city at Mt. Pagus it is the most enduring of Alexander’s legacies, the Kadifekale Castle, which was built in the 4th century BCE, from Kadifekale there is an excellent view across the harbour to Karsiyaka, and to the west you can see the shape of arena where St. Polycarp was martyred, The Agora is at the foot of the hill and is clearly visible. Smyrna played an important part in the devolopment of Christian Church, The words of St. John to the first Christians was ’only be faithfull till death, and I will give you the crown of life’(revelation2:10,11) must have been recalled by those who witnessed the martyrdom of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. In 156 he was betrayed to the authorities and brought to Arena where Pagan festival was taking place. Ordered by the proconsul statius Quadratus to deny his faith, Polycarp refused saying ’86 years I have served him and He has done me no ill; how then can I blaspheme my king who hath served me?’ The enraged crowd in the arena responded by shouting ’this is the teacher of Asia; this is destroyer of our gods; this is the father of the Christians’ polycarp was then thrown on a pyre and burned to death. After Kadifekale we will go visit Agora, Etymologically, Agora means the city alley, marketplace, and shopping place. Occupying an area of 120m by 80m,the Agora was excavated by German and Turkish archaelogists between 1932 and 1941.The most important result of these works is the discovery of the northern gate of Agora. The relief unearthed here, belongs to the Goddes Vesta and is understood to be continuation of the Zeus Atlar discovered during the initial excavations. In addition statues of Hermes, Dionysos, Eros and Herakles, as well as many statues belonging to men, women and animals, heads and reliefs. After the Agora, Drive to the cornerstone of the Cathedral of St.John The Evangelist,was laid 1862 and building was complated 1874. The Catholics of Lyons in France which had been converted to Christianty in the 2C by missionaries from Smyrna,where particularly generous in their contributions. The interior of the Cathedral is richly decorated. After you have taken in the sights you will then be given approx 1 hour free time so you can have a bit of a stroll around the area or if you like you are able to take some refreshments and spend the hour relaxing. When the tour has finished you will then be returned back to your pick up points.
**You can take a Private Izmir Bible Study Tour
PS: Bible Study tours we provide are private tours which means they include a driver and a separate tour guide who speaks english and they will accompany you throughout the tour and they will be able to answer any questions or queries during your tour. Those who book in advance avoid the rush and tight squeezes of traveling with all of the crowds.
- Private Professional Licenced English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Private Deluxe A/C VIP Vehicle.
- Parking Fees of vehicle
- Pick up From Cesme Harbor, Izmır Port, Izmir Airport, Cesme Hotels
- Drop off to Cesme Harbor, Izmır Port, Izmir Airport, Cesme Hotels
What’s Not Included
- Gratuities to the guide and driver.
- Personal expenses.
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|A tour document with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after booking.
Private Bible Study Tours From Cesme is runs everyday and available all year round.