I’m currently spending the holidays here in Antalya, Turkey with my family and some very close friends. Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey and is credited to be Turkey’s biggest international sea resort. The city was last year declared as the 3rd most visited city in the world by number of international arrivals, ranking behind Paris and London, respectively.
Antalya is not just another cute holiday destination, history has it that Christianity started to spread to the region in the 1st century. Did you know Paul and Barnabas (from the Bible) visited the city of Antalya in their time? “Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch“ – Acts 14:25-26
The ruins of the 13th-century Seljuk mosque at Attalea (The original name) was previously a Christian Byzantine basilica from the 7th century. The Great Mosque had also been a Christian basilica and the Kesik Minare Mosque had been the 5th-century Christian Church of the Panaghia or Virgin and was decorated with finely carved marble. What a sight it must have been then!
Our Home for the duration of the trip: Mardan Palace Hotel, Antalya
For me, as someone who is blessed to have traveled quite a lot over the years, I will say the Mediterranean city of Antalya easily ranks as my number one travel destination yet.Who knows where else will knock if off that perch?
As the new year approaches and new year resolutions start rolling in, determine to take some time out to travel to a different location (local and international) at least once every year. You can save for it so it is not a financial burden as you learn so much just from traveling. Above all, you understand fully the magnificence of God when you see just how beautiful and distinct He has made different places to be.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays even as we countdown to 2015. May it be a beautiful year for us all.
The Catalyst, Lanre Olusola