Journey into the ancient world…
St Paul`s Trail
St Paul, along with St. Peter, is acknowledged as the most famous of the early Christian missionaries. It is within Turkey`s boundaries that his birthplace is found, and where all his journeys took place. Most of the first Christian communities he founded are also located in Turkey. Without doubt it is in large part down to him that Christianity spread here from Jeruselam and from here into the heart of Europe. Although he also travelled in Syria, Cyprus and Greece, Turkey is where he undoubtedly spent the most time and preached the most.
On your journey in Turkey You can visit the Saint`s birthplace, the first chusch in the world, and many other churches, you can visit the cities he visited on his journeys and you can follow in his footsteps on ancient roads.
St Paul made most of his journeys by sea and he travelled to many sites on the western and southern coasts of Turkey. As well as on his first journey, he also travelled by sea on his journey to Rome. On each journey he has visited the ports in Anatolia more than once. Those who prefer to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul by sea can make a choice among the alternative routes on the coasts of Turkey which is home to many ancient cities with a colourful history of hundreds of years that have survived to present day. The sites that St. Paul visited on his journeys by sea; Seleucia Pieria (Samandag-Antakya), Antalya, Mersin, Troas (Canakkale), Ephesus (Izmir), Milet (Aydin), Patara (Gelemis-Antalya), Demre (Antalya) and Knidos (Datca-Mugla).
The Lycian Way is a very long-distance footpath in Turkey. It is 500 km long and stretches from Fethiye to Antalya, around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. It is way marked with red and white stripes. The Sunday Times has listed it as one of the world’s top ten walks. Its name comes from the ancient civilisation which once ruled the area. The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses. It is recommended that you walk the route in spring or autumn; February-May or September-November. Summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; mostly limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.
Starting in 2009, an ultra marathon will be annually organized at the historical Lycian way with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Lycian Way Ultra Marathon.
Please Visit www.lycianway.com for further information.
Evliya Çelebi Way
The Evliya Çelebi Way is a proposed cultural route for riders and walkers to be established in northwest Turkey in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth, in 1611, of the great Ottoman traveller of that name. Evliya Çelebi travelled the Ottoman Empire and beyond for some 40 years, and left a 10 volume account of his journeying.
The Evliya Çelebi Way will be some 1,000 km long. It will follow the early stages of the route Evliya Çelebi took in 1671 when he set out on his pilgrimage to the Muslim Holy Places in the Hejaz. The Way will begin at Hersek, on the south coast of the Izmit Gulf, and follow his tracks via Iznik, Yenişehir, Aksu, Inegöl, Tavşanlı, Kütahya (his ancestral home), Afyon, Uşak, Gediz, Simav. Heavily-urbanised sections of his route through Istanbul and Bursa, for instance, will be omitted.
The Evliya Çelebi Way will be inaugurated in autumn 2009 by a group of Turkish and British academics and horsemen who will undertake the Evliya Çelebi Ride to ascertain the route followed by the ‘Ottoman ibn Battuta’ and his party. A guidebook is scheduled to appear in 2011.
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