Monthly Archives: March 2013

The state of old Antakya

In 1822 Antakya (Antioch) was hit by an earthquake that destroyed many buildings in the city. The English gentleman Neale, who visited the city 25 years later, has the following description from an English family of three who were living … Continue reading

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An Old Antakya House

  After more than four years in a modern house of concrete, we managed to move into one of the old houses in the central quarter of Antakya. The house is located between what used to be the Colonnaded Street … Continue reading

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The Cherubim Gate and the carob trees

  In second century Antioch there was a gate at the southwest extreme of the Colonnaded Street called the Cherubim Gate.[1] Outside this gate was the settlement of Kerateion and after this the settlement of Rhodion on the eastern side … Continue reading

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The Church of St. Peter – Documentation

                        A shown in an earlier post (http://antioch-on-the-orontes.blogspot.com/2012/04/grotto-of-st-peter.html) a cave in modern Antakya is by some regarded as the first church in history. Interestingly, this grotto is not mentioned … Continue reading

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The Grotto of St. Peter

In Mount Staurin across from the torrent of Parmenius you find the Grotto of St Peter facing the west.                           The grotto is located on the slopes of … Continue reading

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Does “honour killing” have a religious background?

It is a common Western misunderstanding that honour killing or honour murder is a Muslim phenomenon. This delusion very likely has its roots the massive immigration of Muslims to Western Europe during the last fifty years. In the Middle East … Continue reading

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The Citadel of Antioch

A view from a point besides the Habib-i Neccar Mosque. The citadel is on top of the mountain to the right. We do not know when the citadel on the top of Mount Silpius was originally built. Glanville Downey, though, … Continue reading

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