Antalya Saint Peter Church

The Church of St. Peter is actually a cave with a stone facade, carved into the mountainside on Mount Starius near Antioch /Antakya. This cave which was used by early Christians in Antakya region is one of Christianity's oldest churches.

Christian tradition considers St. Peter, the first Apostle, as the founder of the church of Antioch, and the first priest of the Christian population that was established there. This cave is widely believed to have been dug by the Apostle Peter himself as a place for the early Christian community of Antioch to meet and to be the very first Christian church.

The oldest surviving parts of the church remain from at least the 4th or 5th century including some pieces of floor mosaics and traces of frescoes.

Although it is a museum today, it is stil possible to perform ceremonies inside under the inspection of the Museum Management by obtaining a permit from the Office of the Provincial Governor.