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Catholic Church of Antioch
Antakya (ancient Antioch) is unique in its melding of diverse groups of people and cultures. Where else in Turkey can one gaze over a rooftop bell adorned with a cross to a minaret protruding from the neighboring mosque, then walk just up the street to a Jewish synagogue or the other way to an Orthodox Church? The Catholic Church offers a peaceful refuge, with simple yet comfortable (and very affordable) self-service lodging available on the premises. If you are staying somewhere else, at least take time to stop in and sit under the citrus trees in the garden, track St. Paul's journey to spread Christianity, or offer a prayer in the small chapel. Since 1988 Catholics in Antakya have celebrated Easter on the same dates as the Orthodox.
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