The Seven Churches of Revelation

Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Manisa, Izmir, Turkey


3 days


The Seven Churches of Revelation, also known as the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse, are a magnificent and sacred pilgrimage site, steeped in the rich history and spiritual significance of the early Christian era. These seven magnificent churches, located in the western part of modern-day Turkey, are considered to be among the oldest and most revered Christian communities in the world. Each of these seven churches has its own unique story, history and cultural significance, from the ancient city of Ephesus to the lively city of Smyrna, from the mighty city of Pergamon to the industrious city of Thyatira, from the once-great city of Sardis to the steadfast city of Philadelphia, and finally to the opulent city of Laodicea. A visit to these churches is a journey back in time, to the earliest days of Christianity, and provides a rare opportunity to experience the rich history, culture, and spirituality of the region. It is a journey that will leave you in awe of the devotion and enduring faith of the early Christian communities, and fill you with a sense of wonder and reverence.


  • Private tour transportation
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees


  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Tour Plan

  • The starting point of three-day tour is Ephesus that mixes up history, architecture, mythology, divinity and holiness. This magnificent city was once a thriving hub of Christian activity. It was here that the apostle Paul preached and established one of the earliest Christian communities, and it was here that the Virgin Mary spent her final days. The visit to Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and House of Virgin Mary will leave you in awe of the beauty, history and spirituality. Afternoon, the winds carry us to a historic treasure trove, Laodicea. It was a prominent city in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and was one of the seven cities mentioned in the New Testament as a center of early Christianity. Stay the night in Pamukkale.
  • On second day, the road leads us to grandiose places, each more magnificent than the last. With its thermal springs and therapeutic pools, Hierapolis, healing center in the 2nd century BC, was also a religious center dedicated to the worship of the Greek god Apollo. In the Christian era, Hierapolis became an important center of early Christianity, with a bishopric and numerous Christian communities. The apostle Philip visited Hierapolis. He was said to have preached and performed miracles in the city, further solidifying its importance as a center of early Christian activity. Today, the well-preserved ruins of Hierapolis, including the thermal springs, the Temple of Apollo, and the impressive theater, is a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage and historical significance. The next stop is a place which is the newest of churches Jesus addressed in Revelation, Philadelphia (Alasehir). You will have tha chance to see sparse ruins of city walls and Saint John Church, built in the name of Saint John the Evangelist. Only three of the six giant pillars have survived to our time. Stepping back in time countinues with Sardes (or Sardis) ancient city. The fabled city of yore, nestled amidst the verdant hills of Lydia, Sardes, once the very heart of the wealthy Lydian Empire, was renowned for its opulence and luxurious lifestyle, a true city of gold, where riches and commerce flowed like the rivers of life. The Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans all claimed this city as their own, leaving their indelible marks upon its storied streets and architectural wonders. But it was also a city of faith, for in the Christian era, Sardes became one of the seven shining stars of the New Testament, a beacon of perseverance and devotion for the early church. The next and the last point of the day is Lydia’s original home, the city of Thyatira. Renowned for its bustling bazaars, known for its thriving textile industry, and its fabrics and garments Thyatira was also a city of faith in the Christian era. It became one of the seven holy cities of the New Testament, a place of steadfast devotion and spiritual enlightenment. After the visits, you’ll spend the night in Bergama (Pergamon).
  • Today we keep basking in the delight of constant travel. We stop by Pergamon, a city steeped in ancient history, a marvel of human achievement, where the past meets the present in a symphony of beauty and splendor. From the towering acropolis to the impressive library, Asklepion and Red Basilica - every corner of this ancient city whispers tales of triumph and glory, painting a vivid picture of a time long gone by. Some think Temple of Zeus in Pergamon is called, by Jesus, the place where Satan has his throne. Jesus had some serious warnings toward Christians in Pergamon who had fallen away from his teaching to embrace sinful behaviors. After lunch break, our next visit to Smyrna (now known as Izmir), one of the earliest cities to adopt Christianity as a religion, marks the day. To gain a deeper understanding of its role in Christianity, you will visit The Basilica of St. Polycarp: It is said to be the site where the Saint Polycarp was martyred, and it is one of the oldest Christian sites in the city. Whether you are a pilgrim or simply interested in exploring the city's religious history, Izmir always has something to offer for everyone.

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