Aya Tekla Church

Aya Tekla Church (Greek: Ἁγία Θέκλα, Hagia Thékla; Turkish: Aya Tekla Kilisesi), also known as Aya Thecla or Aya Thekla, is a ruined historic church of the Byzantine period. It was a popular pilgrimage site, and still attracts visitors today.

Location

Aya Tekla Church is located 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Silifke (ancient Seleucia in Isauria or Seleucia on the Calycadnus) and 85 km (53 mi) from the provincial capital, Mersin. It is situated 1 km (0.62 mi) north of the state highway D.400, which runs parallel to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

History

Thecla (Ancient Greek: Θέκλα, Thékla) was a saint of the early Christian Church, and a reported follower of Paul the Apostle. She enjoyed great popularity in the Byzantine period. According to the main work about her, Acts of Paul and Thecla, she was originally from Iconion, modern Konya, and after the episodes described in the book, she lived around Silifke and died there.

The beginnings of the site are unclear. A site of Thecla's cult near Silifke was visited by Gregory of Nazianzus in 374. Egeria, a woman widely regarded to be the author of a detailed account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visited the site in 384. She mentioned numerous monastic cells for men and women, and a central church with an enclosing wall. The shrine of Thecla was relocated to a hill, now called Meryemlik, meaning "of Virgin Mary", into a cave, which was supposedly Thecla's home in her later years. The grave in the cave supposedly belongs to her.

Up to 312, Thecla's cave was a secret pilgrimage site.[] At some date, a church was built into the cave. Aya Thekla, the more prominent church, was built on the hilltop in 460–470 by the Byzantine emperor Zeno the Isaurian (reigned 474–475). The church and other related buildings, such as a bath, are now in ruins, the only standing element being a part of the apse. The cave and cistern to the north of the cave are also partially standing.

Further reading

  • Stephen J. Davis (2008). The Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity (Oxford Early Christian Studies). <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 

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Mersin
8 September 2013
Aya Tekla Hırıstiyanlığın ilk rahibelerindendir. Aya Tekla'nın içinde yaşadığı mağara onun kayboluşundan sonra Hristiyanlarca kutsal sayılmış,
Ali Onay
24 March 2018
Başta yanlış yere geldiniz hissi yaratan dış mekan ve sizi bekleyen süpriz. Kilise diyince yapı bekliyorsunuz ama koca bir sütun boş arazi ve yer altına doğru iniş..ve icerdesiniz.Gidilmeli mi, evet
Şerife Yılmazer
27 July 2019
İçeriye girdiğinizde büyüleyici,etkili bir atmosferi var. Zaten Azize Teklanın mağarada yaşadıkları da oldukça gizemli.
Baris B ????
3 May 2018
Mağaraya girdiğinizde büyüleniyorsunuz.
Pinar Akyüz 3kadın1kahvaltı
Gezdiğim ilk yer altı kilisesi önemli bir ibadet mekanı ????????
Kaan Kaya
13 August 2019
Tarih kokan efsane bir kilise
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Mukaddem, Ayatekla Sk. No:126, 33940 Silifke/Mersin, Turkey Get directions
Wed 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Thu Noon–7:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

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