Early depart from Adana to Hatay. It is only 193 km/120 miles far away. Titus water Tunnels, is near Antakya, Samandagi district. We will drive there in 50 minutes by car from Antakya. This place is very old, and historical. Amazing crafted stones, the cemetery in caves, trekking on a long way. It is hard to believe that this Tunnel was built only by manpower over 100 years during the reigns of Vespasianus, Titus, and his successors starting in the first century AD. Then we proceed to Bakras Castle, There are many holes in the castle chamber ceilings that lie near the pathways, some partially covered by weeds.
Ater that, If the time is available, we visit St. Simon Monastery, Young St Simeon Stylite is said to have spent 47 years on his column and died on top of it in 592. This is where it does it, with beautiful views of Kilic Mountain and the Mediterranean. In this place, they built a monastery consisting of three churches. The site holds some significance for the monastic movement, and the famous pillar monk Simeon is the main attraction. Then we will drive St.Pierre Church, A really amazing slice of Christian history in Antakya.
The church is built at the entrance of the church where St Peter the Apostle, at one point the bishop of Antioch, and then of Rome, used to preach. It was built by the crusaders who ruled the city from 1098-1268. Located a bit outside the city. It is believed that St. Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, was the first place to preach and that the congregation was called Christian for the first time in the cave. This is the place where Christianity was revived by St. Peter and St. Paul in secrecy when Christianity was in danger after the crucifixion.
The cave became a gothic church with the additions made after Christianity was accepted as an official religion by the Roman State. With the adoption of St. Peter as the first Pope, he became the center of spreading the Catholic faith to the world.
In 1983, Pope Paul VI declared this place a place of pilgrimage for Christians. Every year on June 29, the Catholic Church organizes a ritual.
The Antioch church is one of the most profound Christian churches in the Bible. you will feel the spirit still dwelling strongly in Antioch. They were called Christians first in Antioch. This place gave a new meaning while reading the book of Acts.