Saint Peter’s Church in Antioch Has Reopened

In January 2015 I was told that Saint Peter’s Church has reopened to the public!

In April (2013) I revisited Antioch on the Orontes (= Syrian Antioch) as part of a personal tour in the area.  Not many tour groups visit the area but when they do one of the “must see” places is “Saint Peter’s Church” — where Christians have worshiped since the fourth or fifth centuries A.D.


St. Peter’s Church in Antioch on the Orontes
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While there, people usually reflect on the fact that there followers of Jesus were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:19–26) and from there famine relief was sent to Jerusalem (Acts 11:27–30).  Paul began all three of his missionary journeys from Antioch (Acts 13; 15:35–41; 18:22–23).

I knew that the church was under repair but I drove up to it any way in order to get a fresh/clear image of Antioch from that vantage point.  Well, the “repair” is under way and the church, and even the approach to it, is closed—and rocks from the rock scarp have fallen down and are scattered all over the parking area as well as on the pedestrian path up to the church.


Approach to the Church of St. Peter in Antioch
A sample of the boulders that litter the path up to the church as well as the parking area below.

It looks like it will be quite a while before the church is open to the public again.

One response to “Saint Peter’s Church in Antioch Has Reopened

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope that the repairs proceed without interruption. I know that it is a difficult time in Syria.

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