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Faith Tourism

With the faith tourism project, it’s aimed to increase the number of visitors landscaping, by improving of lighting, transportation, etc. of important visiting places of three monotheistic religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) which reach today and making presentation.

In order to improve faith tourism by our Ministry within the scope of stated studies, it was prepared in 1993 inventory of monuments and places of worship of three major religions.

 In the inventory work done, it has been taken the views of Governorates, Ministry of Culture, General Directorate of Religious Affairs, and Universities in general of Turkey, among the artifacts of which number is too much and take part in our country.

·         Important for religious aspects and largely visited

·         İmportant for art history

·         Being the first and interesting example of its type due to its architectural feature

·         Its easy transportation and included in the tour programs of travel agencies

It’s made of identification of specific and important centers

Within the scope of this project it’s founded a committee composed of Ministry of Interior, our Ministry    in the Presidency of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of public institutions and organisations.  Taking into account of the above -mentioned matters, this committee determined 9 centers important for the Christianity. These are:

·         Hatay-Center: St.Pierre Memorial Museum

·         İçel-Tarsus : St.Paul Memorial Museum

·         İzmir-Selçuk : Virgin Mary’s House

·         Antalya-Demre : St. Nicola Church

·         Bursa-İznik : Ayasofya Mosque

·         Manisa-Sard : Sard Synagogue

·         Manisa-Alaşehir : Alaşehir Church

·         Manisa-Akhisar : Akhisar Church

·         Isparta-Yalvaç : Pisidia Ancient City

·         Nevşehir-Derinkuyu : Orthodox Church

·         Denizli-Pamukkale : Laodikya Ancient City

 

Not only these 9 locations, identified  deficiencies  in important holy places for Islam in numerous cities of our country also like İstanbul, Şanlıurfa, İzmir, Bursa, Edirne, Gaziantep, Siirt, Mardin ve Bitlis,  are completed with funds obtained from the budget of our Ministry and Prime Ministry Promotion fund Board.

In order to meet the needs of infrastructure like from road construction to landscaping, lightening, our Ministry and Ministry and Prime Ministry Promotion fund Board provided financial support until today.

Developments in the scope of technology, without an exemption of all national boundaries, bring people close together. Since the discovery of writing, perhaps 9.000 or 10.000 years ago, certain places in the world were the grounds for close contacts among different cultures, civilizations and religions. 

The foundations of the various ancient civilizations' on the lands of Anatolia, the settlement of the disciples during the first quarter of Christianity in Anatolia or that of Jewish people who were subjected to the policy of annihilation in their homelands during the Mediaeval Ages inevitably provided the Anatolian region to embody various synagogues and churches besides the Islamic works of arts belonging to the Turkish nations. 

The fact that these works of art have attained to our times as a result of our nations' notion of respect and high esteem to other religions enable Turkey to gain an advantageous position among the other countries. 

The evaluation of the interests of people to visit religious centers out of the consideration of regular fulfilments can be identified as Faith Tours in the scope of tourism phenomenon.