Aya Tekla Church

It is turned to the right after fourth kilometers on the way of Tasucu, when 1 km is driven, Meryemlik which is one of the oldest and most important centers of Christianity, is arrived. History of Meryemlik begins with the arrival of Saint Thecla here.

17 years old Tekla who were affected by sermons of St. Paul's of disciples of the Prophet Jesus, devoted herself to the religion of Christianity. While precious student of St. Paul was doing propaganda in order to spread Christianity in Konya and Yalvac, she was exposed to coercion of the Pagans. When she learned that she would be killed, Tekla came to Seleucia by escaping, and she hide in a cave which was transformed into a church later. While she was spreading faith of Christianity against a polytheistic religion to people in the region from the cave which she sheltered, also she healed patients by creating miracles. It is believed that she was lost in this cave at a time which she will be killed again.

The cave in which she lived, regarded as holy by Christians after her disappearance, it was used as a secret place of worship until this religion was emancipated in AD 312. This cave later was transformed into church in IV. century. Apart from cave church, The North Church, a bath, many cisterns and the remains of city ramparts with Saint Tekla Church whose only one apse is surviving today over this cave, and the church which was built by the emperor Zenon was dedicated to Aya Tekla, come up today in Meryemlik which was adorned with many structures in later periods of the official adoption of Christianity.

Aya Tekla Church